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Image of the Day: Heart Shapes

High-resolution MRI reveals that human fetal hearts rapidly develop their major structures within a four-day period.

The Scientist Staff
Sep 29, 2017
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Tractography image of a fetal human heart, derived from diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging, 124 days into gestation. The colored fibers represent the structure of the ventricles. ELEFTHERIA PERVOLARAKI

Tractography image of a fetal human heart, derived from diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging, 128 days into gestation following a four-day period during which major structural development occurs. The colored fibers represent the structure of the ventricles. ELEFTHERIA PERVOLARAKI

See E. Pervolaraki et al., “Ventricular myocardium development and the role of connexins in the human fetal heart,” Scientific Reports, 7:12272, 2017.

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