A quick look at the parts of the urinary system in a female stillborn piglet. You may need to click on the speaker icon to hear the voiceover by our lovely assistant Mr Vivi as he points out kidneys, ureter, bladder and urethra
A quick look at the parts of the uterus in a female stillborn piglet. You may need to click on the speaker icon to hear the voiceover by our lovely assistant Mr Vivi as he points out ovaries, uterine horns, uterus (uterine body)
This photo has been doing the rounds of Pinterest recently captioned as “the heart of a blue whale”. I haven’t been able to find the original source of the photo or been able to confirm that it’s a heart from a whale. Regardless – it’s a big heart and an impressive photo and there are more of them here.
My point here is that it is obviously a photo taken in a lab of a heart that is going to be studied. It would not have been easy to get and it obviously wasn’t easy to maneuver into the lab. And what have they done? Chopped the top off it and made it almost completely useless as a teaching specimen.
Last week we sent out some hearts for the conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS). Today I’ve received a picture of one of them ready for action.
And what were they going to do with them? Replacement of the aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aorta in a workshop on the Bentall procedure.
Labbies will be pleased to note that even for heart surgeons sometimes it all comes down to skewers and sticky tape!