OXFORD,UK - The heart has long been a symbol of  love, devotion and sensuality but advanced medical techniques are now turning the organ into a thing of beauty.

These stunning images show this year’s winners of the British Heart Foundation’s Reflections of Research science image competition.

Using medical devices such as MRI scans and microscopes, medical experts have captured the heart in a totally new light, highlighting its complexity and mystery. The overall winners were Dr Gillian Gray, Megan Swim and Harris Morrison of the University of Edinburgh, whose ‘The Broken Heart’ won Image of the Year.

Their image reveals the remarkable 3D structure of an adult mouse heart.  The picture was taken using a new technique called optical projection tomography (OPT) which is being developed to enable experts to better measure the extent of injury after a heart attack and to assess repair.–Daily Mail