When I first got the calendar from Mercedes Medical in the mail as a promotion, not even looking at it, I tacked it up on the wall. The first month I saw was March but being so busy, I didn’t even have time to look at the picture. Then I turned the picture to April and saw the above picture. Does anyone (beside me) recognize it? I mean, aside from what stain or tissue it is, but more importantly to me, where it comes from.
I’ll give you a hint, it’s originates from this site.
There are 10 total pictures out of 12 that they bought our pictures from Dreamstime.com.
Here are the other 2 pictures that were going to be in the previous post, plus 6 more. The other 6 are also 10x,20x, and 40x of 2 different tissues. I can not imagine what life would be like without flexibility.
I feel like histology is not only a professional field of study but an art form. It takes a series of different arts to make Human skin look like rope strands holding everything together. Elastic fibers help all different parts of the body bend and flex without breaking. Why then do we age? Could we do quantitative and qualitative tests on elastic fibers at different stages of life? They have so many functions and are found in so many areas in and around the body. I have questions about what elastic fibers look like in people who are 40 verses 10 and 80. Are there more or less? Are they thicker, denser, softer or harder. Do they dry out, become brittle or turn into scar tissue when damaged. I’m sure there are researchers who are in the middle of answering many of these questions. Maybe a pathologist already knows. What do you think?
These pictures are the same skin tissue taken at different powers 10x, 20x, 40x. The elastic fibers are the black thread like structures.