If you sit down for a minute and think about it, an x-ray is the culmination of a data generating, and visualization, process. What we see on the screen is a representation (or a model) of the body part being x-rayed. Over a month ago (hence the disruption to my blogging routine) I unexpectedly had knee replacement surgery (yay for cancellation lists!). Here is an x-ray of my new right knee (airport scanners, here I come!):
The parts showing very white are new and will hopefully allow me to hike and bike pain-free from this point on. It’s been a painful, but ultimately productive, healing and rehabilitation process and I’ll be continuing my data visualization challenge beginning next week. See you soon!