Pictures bring research to light

Article metrics

Kidney stones add colour to scientist's image.

Psychedelic kidney stones (click for more images). Credit: © Spike Walker, freelance microscopist from Staffordshire

The psychedelic beauty of common kidney stones, when seen through a microscope, belies the pain that they can cause.

The image shown here is one of several being exhibited at the 2005 Biomedical Image Awards at the Wellcome Trust in London (click for more images).

The stones are 0.2 to 0.35 micrometres across. The concentric rings are layers of calcium oxalate that crystallized one after another, causing the stones to grow.

Related links

Related links

Related external links

Wellcome Trust

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Jones, N. Pictures bring research to light. Nature (2005) doi:10.1038/news050718-9

Download citation

Comments

By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.