Thursday, July 24, 2008

not exactly sure what's happening here

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm....

According to YouTube this is supposed to be the first of a couple or three videos about making masks...it doesn't give much more info than that.

The soft, stretchy stuff on the woman's face appears to be some sort of resin or alginate/resin sheet, sort of like what dentists use to take molds of one's teeth, or the inside of one's mouth.

The combination of the semi-medical setting (note the outfits, equipment in background), and the woman's clearly bald head, suggest...?

Well, until the video was over I had thought the woman was having a mold taken of her face for something else altogether. Some wealthier cancer patients, with kids, who lose their hair in chemo, will get molds taken of their faces for later use in toys for their kids--as something that's a more pleasant reminder to the kids of how mommy used to be.

Also, some plastic surgery patients get molds taken for more accurate "before" images to base their "after" ones on...

But in combination with the YouTube labeling....well, either this is in entirely the wrong sort of category, or....

A woman's having a mold taken of her face, as something to *donate*. As in, once donated the mold of her face would be used as a medically common *reference point* for other women who have had or need to have facially reconstructive surgery.

But that's a rather primitive and backward approach to things, isn't it? Doctors know anatomy better than this....and using a "reference mask" to help patients with diverse faces is just *asking* for lawsuits, at least in these United States.

Either way, it looks like the video ended up in the wrong place. This looks like the taking of a medical or pre-surgical measurement, not anything "kinky" or weird, even if the imagery might suggest otherwise.

Just my humble two cents,

--Brad Poe (who knows alginate resins are generally *too* soft to really do anything truly kinky with. They fall apart easily, don't shrink-wrap)

Anonymous said...

"Bestraling" means radiation, so this is some kind of cancer therapy or something.

SanderO said...

The translation of the dutch is mask for irradiation.

I have no idea what this is but perhaps this is the mold process for some lead mask/shield for some irradiation of the patients brain. A guess is that they don't want to expose her to lead, but they need to control the area to be exposed to the radiation so a close fitting mask needs to be made which will have a comfortable resin lining between the skin and the lead.

It also might be part of some sort of complex mapping / modelling to aim the radiation beams.

But I would have thought that they can focus the radiation beams and simply lock the head in place.

Just a guess.

sebastian-cat said...

Its like paraffin if was stable enough to stretch and mold. They heat it up in hot water then stretch it so that when it cools it now has her face as a memory shape.
I guess, if they are going to be taking an MRI or something where the head has to stay still, the best way would be to have an exact fit restrain?
Interesting none the less, and I would like to find the materials if for private use.

Vidal Tripsa said...

I'd go along with a number of the medical options my fellow commenters have suggested. What the imagery reminds me of, however, is the horrible skin-stretching treatments of the Son'aa in Star Trek: Insurrection. Don't quote me on the spelling of those aliens' species, though! My initial, daft little reaction, made before the medics showed their lab coats, was to think of this as a neat way to prepare for vacuum bedding. I'm sure I could handle those on my body pretty well right from the start, but having one's face covered means something else entirely. This looks like good practice.

RubberDoll 19 said...

Me neither, but I'd like to see what goes on aftewards

Anonymous said...

It is a mask for a cancer patient (or like wise) so the radiation therapy can be administered at the same place every treatment (and with saving as much healthy tissue as possible)

Tsukasa said...

Well, the first anonymous is actually right. The word "bestraling" indeed does mean radiation. This video shows the preparation for cancer therapy. :)

Tsukasa said...

I'm sorry, I mean the last anonymous