Monday, June 24, 2013

The Kidney

Kidneys are organs that serve several essential regulatory roles in most mammals. Kidneys regulate electrolytes, they are essential to the urinary system, and they regulate blood pressure as well as filtering the blood to remove wastes.

Image courtesy Gray's Anatomy
The kidneys primary function is to filter wastes out of the body by creating urine. The kidneys also play a role in separating waste from vital nutrients and allowing the body to absorb these vital nutrients.

Kidney image courtesy Fr. Dr. Julia Enrick
The image above of a kidney was captured using a biological microscope and the Jenoptik C5 microscope camera.