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Capillary Bed Collection

A capillary bed is a network of tiny blood vessels that plays a crucial role in the circulatory system

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Cross section biomedical illustration of alveolus

Cross section biomedical illustration of alveolus

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Eye anatomy, artwork C016 / 8742

Eye anatomy, artwork C016 / 8742
Eye anatomy, artwork. The eye is seen in cutaway format from the side. Structures shown include the lens (light blue, lower left), its attachment points, the iris

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from intestinal wall, SEM

Blood vessels from intestinal wall, SEM
Blood vessels. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of blood vessels from villi in the duodenum, part of the small intestine

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels in the intestine, SEM

Blood vessels in the intestine, SEM
Blood vessels of the small intestine, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Large blood vessels (bottom) supply the intestine and encircle its outer wall (lower frame and upper left)

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from intestinal villi, SEM

Blood vessels from intestinal villi, SEM
Blood vessels. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of blood vessels from villi in the duodenum, part of the small intestine

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from cardiac muscle, SEM

Blood vessels from cardiac muscle, SEM
Blood vessels from cardiac muscle. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a resin cast of blood vessels from cardiac muscle

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels in the small intestine, SEM

Blood vessels in the small intestine, SEM
Blood vessels from the external wall of the small intestine, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a cast: the vessels were filled with a resin, which then set

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels in the stomach wall, SEM

Blood vessels in the stomach wall, SEM
Blood vessels in the stomach wall, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a cast: the vessels were filled with a resin, which then set

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from muscle, SEM

Blood vessels from muscle, SEM
Blood vessels from skeletal muscle, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Skeletal, or voluntary, muscle is that under the conscious control of the brain

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from a salivary gland, SEM

Blood vessels from a salivary gland, SEM
Blood vessels from a submandibular (submaxillary) salivary gland, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a cast: the vessels were filled with a resin, which then set

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from the earlobe, SEM

Blood vessels from the earlobe, SEM
Blood vessels from the earlobe (pinna), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a cast: the vessels were filled with a resin, which then set

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from the gums, SEM

Blood vessels from the gums, SEM
Blood vessels from the gums, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a cast: the vessels were filled with a resin, which then set

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from the pancreas, SEM

Blood vessels from the pancreas, SEM
Blood vessels from the pancreas, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This is a cast: the vessels were filled with a resin, which then set

Background imageCapillary Bed Collection: Blood vessels from the colon, SEM

Blood vessels from the colon, SEM
Blood vessels from the colon (large intestine), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These vessels are from the capillary bed of the mucous membrane of the colon


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A capillary bed is a network of tiny blood vessels that plays a crucial role in the circulatory system. This intricate web can be seen in various parts of our body, as depicted in these biomedical illustrations. In the first image, we observe a cross-section illustration of an alveolus, showcasing the capillary bed's presence within our lungs. These delicate vessels enable efficient gas exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide. Moving on to eye anatomy, artwork C016/8742 reveals another fascinating aspect of capillary beds, and are responsible for nourishing the retina and maintaining optimal vision by supplying vital nutrients and removing waste products. The next set of images focuses on blood vessels found in the small intestine. SEM (scanning electron microscopy) captures their intricate details, emphasizing how capillary beds facilitate nutrient absorption from digested food into our bloodstream. The close-ups highlight their proximity to intestinal walls and villi – finger-like projections that increase surface area for enhanced absorption efficiency. Expanding further into our digestive system, SEM imagery showcases blood vessels within the stomach wall and intestines themselves. These networks ensure proper circulation during digestion processes while aiding in nutrient distribution throughout our body. Lastly, we explore how capillary beds extend beyond organs directly involved in digestion or respiration. SEM images reveal their presence within cardiac muscle tissue – an essential component for delivering oxygenated blood to sustain heart function effectively. These captivating visuals remind us of the incredible complexity underlying even seemingly ordinary bodily functions like breathing or digesting food. Capillary beds serve as lifelines connecting different systems together with precision and efficiency – truly exemplifying nature's remarkable design.