Neuroradiology and art: a review and personal contribution.

  • Marinkovic S
  • Stosic-Opincal T
  • Strbac M
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Radiology has attracted the world of art with the
esthetic value of its images, and as a new medium for
the artistic expression. In order to investigate the
links between neuroradiology and art, we examined
12,763 artworks presented in corresponding publications
and in Google images on the Internet. The selected
artworks were created by 1,964 authors. To give our own
contribution to this field, we produced several artful
radiological images using the X-ray of 4 cerebral
hemispheres, one dissected brain, serial sections of
one head and brain, the vascular casts of 2 brains, the
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of one
volunteer, and various options in Photoshop. Among the
examined artworks, neuroradiological images were used
in 129 artworks (1.01%) that were created by 31
artists (1.58%). The artists applied different
radiological techniques: X-ray, angiography, computed
tomography (CT), multislice CT, MRI, functional MRI,
positron emission tomography (PET) or single-photon
emission computed tomography (SPECT), either alone or
in various combinations. They used the original images,
i.e. radiographs or scans, or their electronic
modifications in Photoshop or three-dimensional (3D)
software. Some artworks presented the skull, yet others
the brain, and still others both, either with or
without a head image. The neuroradiological artworks
were created as paintings, photographs, digital works
and sculptures. Their authors were professional
artists, designers, amateurs and radiologists. In
conclusion, thanks to the esthetics of some
radiological images and the valuable creations of
certain artists, neuroradiology has become an important
field of contemporary art.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography ; *Medicine in Art
  • X-Ray Computed

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  • S Marinkovic

  • T Stosic-Opincal

  • M Strbac

  • I Tomic

  • O Tomic

  • D Djordjevic

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