Scientific Looking, Looking At Science


            In todays world there are many different ways to look at the body. Many of these ways compose an image for a viewer to see. It can be an ordinary camera spanning all the way to medical equipment such as x-rays and MRI machines. Such equipment has changed the way we look at the body and allows us to see what we cant that lies underneath our skin.
            MRI machines stand for Magnetic Resonance Imagining and its one of the many methods in which are used to visualize the body. It similar to the x-ray in some ways but also has its differences.  Some similarities it shares are those of it is another method for us to look inward. MRI makes it possible to look entirely inward where you can see an entire 3-D picture of what’s in the body. Unlike the x-ray where it only tells us limited information to reflect back, the MRI makes it possible for to see more within.  It allows us to see all the soft tissues within the body. It makes it possible to see the brain, intestines, and many other parts of the body (Miller, pg 2, Sturgeon, pg. 372).
            This visualization instrument and the method it uses allow us to diagnose and cure patients more effectively (Alyamany et al., pg. 326). MRI’s are used similarly to x-ray in such when the doctor can determine what is wrong based on looks they resort to visualization instruments to get a picture of the what can not be seen to determine what the cause may be.  That medical imagining has come long way since the first x-ray and that current imaging methods are more developed then when first started (Kevles, pg. 437). They use this technique to diagnose a variety of different conditions For example take an MRI scan of person that was just taken showing their brain. You can notice all the different parts of the brain when looking leading into something that may be wrong. If you look a little closer you will notice something out of place.  That thing out of place is a brain tumor.
            This visualization technique is a major contribution to how we can visualize ourselves. It allows us to have the understanding of what we look like, how we function and the possibilities of what can be wrong. It is an extraordinary tool in the medical world for diagnosing.  Besides seeing something out of place, MRI’s are also able to determine if something within the body is functioning correctly.
            Take for instance another MRI brain scan, but this time the patient was injected with a dye that allows for an even clearer picture (Miller, pg 2). In this picture you will notice that their different regions of the brain are lighting up depending on the action the subject does. This indicator can help visualize what may be going on in cases such as Alzheimer’s and many other diseases that affect the brain. It allows us to visualize our own selves and things may be affecting us and looking into how we function on a daily basis. That these visualization techniques and instruments change how we look at our own representations (Miller, pg 2).
            Through this one method of visualization technique you just don’t see the body and helping shape new ways of imagining the self as lived.  Instead of just seeing the body as anatomy and physiology as we usually see it, we now see it as multiplicity of tiny units that play off one another in a network for it to function.  MRI’s have certainty changed the way we look at the body in many different ways. Ways in which we look at the body differently are ways it functions and appears since we are unable to see it. That visualization instruments play a big role in how we look at the body. That today using this instrument allows us to see a clear picture of what we can’t see and for doctors to use MRI’s as an essential tool to diagnose or take an approach to what they are seeing (Alyamany et al., pg. 326).

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