|Courtesy Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith, associate professor and director of biomedical visualization
in the School of Art & Design and associate professor in radiology,
will present a lecture at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Michigan Theater.
Admission is free. Smith's research explores the relationship of scientific
and artistic prenatal imagery to social and political values afforded
to the embryo and fetus. His work includes the use of magnetic resonance
microscopy to study ontogeny, three-dimensional image reconstruction,
and the creation of animated sequences to illuminate development processes.
By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Smith can investigate the internal
and external anatomy of embryos without causing any destruction. This
allows the specimen to be dissected electronically, revealing structures
of particular interest. These MRI images provide intact embryo views,
and single-slice and cut-away views from any orientation. Special MRI
contrast materials can be injected into the vasculature of the embryos
to highlight blood vessels and developing hearts. Mouse, chick and opposum
embryos have been studied with this method.
Smith's lecture is made possible by the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished