An image of human milk ducts has taken down the internet making some people admire the image while creeping out others. However, the picture is not all that right says, experts.
The human body is phenomenal. It has always amazed humans with an intricate way of functioning and its structural system. Recently an image of the human milk ducts that have been circulating in Twitter has raised the eyebrows of many.
The image shared by a woman who goes by Twitter handle, "Artist is formerly known as Beyoncé" shows the female muscular system that depicted the milk ducts. According to USA Today, the image was pulled out from an iPad app called Anatomy and Physiology.
I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like. pic.twitter.com/GBK6trgXF8— Artist formerly known as Byeonce (@lemonadead) April 21, 2019
The image shows an almost flower-like structure as muscles that are clustered around the central point of the breasts. The woman, who had no idea about how her body functioned and looked like from the inside wrote, "I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like."
The image which surprised many went viral in a day receiving about 141k likes and 46k retweets. While some people commented about their astonishing reactions of not being aware of their bodies, others were traumatized and creeped out on the way it looked.
A Twitter user commented, "At first I thought someone put flowers over boobs because of art. Now, it looks like a weird alien creature lives inside my body and I'm terrified."
Another woman said, "I mean, I’m LITERALLY reading these as I nurse my baby at 3 am. I think that picture is soooo cool! I’ve always wondered what they look like!! Honestly never gave it any thought that what we see in school is really the man’s."
Despite the mixed responses from people, according to ABC News, the image circulated is an inaccurate depiction of the human milk ducts. Science Alert also reported that the image was just an attempt to render the lobules.
Experts say that though the image is anatomically correct and similar to what it looks like, the way they have pictured it on the muscular system gives off the wrong idea.
"Lobes are not muscle, and that’s probably my biggest gripe with photo. Most organs, when you depict them, tend to be red because it’s the color of blood, but when you put it together like this it looks like we have these flower muscles on our breasts and that’s not the case," said Eric Rodriguez, the managing editor of InnerBody to USA Today. He added that a major reason why it is surprising to a lot of people is because of its symmetrical lobes depicted in the image. The expert also stated that the picture going viral is a good thing as it will make people inquisitive about the body and how it functions.
However, Dr. Donald Matz, the chair of the anatomy department at Des Moines University says that the picture is accurate in case of females who are breastfeeding and ready to give birth. He added that the glands would be much smaller in non-lactating women.
"The location is accurate, as far as the anatomical location. It’s accurate with the glands being swollen. It’s not accurate because there’s no tissue around it," said Matz. Though the image sparked a lot of debate, experts think that the picture going viral is a good thing as it will make people inquisitive about the body and how it functions.