Clock of Life

Jenny Wang, Doctoral Candidate

    The heart is an amazing biological machine; a 'clockwork' which (almost) never fails. Every single muscle cell in this clock works at precisely timed moments in unison to pump blood through the body.   This work presents a series of snapshots of a beating heart that were taken using the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique. From these images a doctor can tell a healthy heart from a failing one.  In the course of studying the mechanical functions of the failing heart I've come to appreciate the sheer miracle of each well-delivered beat; the miracle of being alive in this very second, and the next.

 

The heart is an amazing biological machine; a 'clockwork' which (almost) never fails. Every single muscle cell in this clock works at precisely timed moments in unison to pump blood through the body. 

This work presents a series of snapshots of a beating heart that were taken using the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique. From these images a doctor can tell a healthy heart from a failing one.

In the course of studying the mechanical functions of the failing heart I've come to appreciate the sheer miracle of each well-delivered beat; the miracle of being alive in this very second, and the next.