Physician and artist Satre Stuelke founded the Radiology Art project to explore the hidden contents and structures of everyday things. This project intends to make it easier for patients to relate to some of the radiology procedures they experience during their medical care through deeper visualization of various objects that hold unique cultural importance in contemporary society. The work has been featured in many locations ranging from private pediatrics offices to the National Institutes of Health.
Satre Stuelke created these works while he was a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He has shown his work across the globe in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and has also sold work through Sotheby's ArtLink. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at many prestigious institutions including the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Satre is currently a resident at Geisinger in... what else? Radiology.
Stuelke acquired the images on an older four-slice CT scanner that is used for research. Most scan parameters include a 120kV tube voltage, 100mA current, 0.625mm slice thickness and interval, 1:1 pitch, 1.25mm beam collimation, and a speed of 1.25mm/rotation. The resulting DICOM images are then processed in Osirix software on a Macintosh iMac computer. Colors are assigned based on the varying densities of materials present throughout the object to allow for optimal viewing of both inner and outer structures. Depending on the spread of densities within a particular subject, black or white backgrounds are chosen. Images are further processed in Adobe Photoshop for proper contrast and balance.
Radiology technicians often have lead templates that they place on a film just before it's exposed to x-rays. An "R" means "this is the right side of the patient", an "L" means "this is the left side of the patient". Sometimes the initials of the technician are included below the "R" or the "L". Also, sometimes there is a little circle with three little balls in it so the radiologist can tell which end was up. The balls will drop according to gravity. If the patient was laying parallel to the earth, the balls will stay in the middle of the circle without being forced to the edge. Of course, sometimes if the technician isn't very careful, the letter can be placed on the film backwards. The letters may appear blurry as well if they aren't very close to the film during exposure.
Note the interesting latent image effect when you move your cursor in and out of the Radiologyart logo in the navigation bar on each page. This is a sort of a "fade" effect controlled by your retina as the logo changes from pure white to black and back again.
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High resolution prints are available of all images made by Satre Stuelke as noted. Prints are provided on a cost-only basis for patient areas in health care settings. Please email