The Best Medical Images of 2012

The Wellcome Awards go to the most amazing medical imagery of the year, from closeups of the moth fly to extremely off-putting images of the brain
This false-color scanning electron micrograph shows a moth fly, Psychodidae, also known as a drain fly. The larvae live in domestic drains and emerge in sinks. Their bodies and wings are covered in fine cilia, which lend them a moth-like appearance. KEVIN MACKENZIE, UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

Each year, the Wellcome Trust in the UK hosts an image competition that showcases medical science at work. The awards honor the “most informative, striking and technically excellent images” added to Wellcome’s impressive collection.

The entire gallery is on display in the UK and on the Wellcome website, but we have a sampling for you here.


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