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Scanning Cats, Veggies, Airplanes, Underwear

August 19, 2011
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The stock market has gone insane, summer has already ended for most students (and teachers), and the global economy seems to be wandering aimlessly in the desert. How about something fun?

Such as cat scans. I mean actual cats, scanned. On home scanners (and perhaps a few office scanners, though I doubt that many offices encourage employees to bring their cats to work). Click here to see what a cat looks like from the floor’s point of view.

We’ve previously mentioned Inside Insides, which features animated MRI images of fruits and vegetables. But Andy Ellison, an MRI technologist at Boston University School of Medicine, keeps finding new subjects to image (what in the world is a cherimoya?), so it’s worth checking back with him periodically.

On his Radiology Art Web site, artist and radiology resident Satre Stuelke, MD, shows weirdly alluring CT images of toys, food, housewares, and other ordinary objects. (The rubber duck looks really strange, even disturbing, especially when rotating in the movie version.) Dr. Stuelke sells high-resolution prints on a cost-only basis for patient areas in health care settings.

British X-ray photographer Nick Veasey uses industrial X-ray equipment to create beautiful images of everything from tiny insects to a Boeing 777 in its hangar. The latter, billed as the largest X-ray image ever, required more than 500 separate exposures.

Favorite subjects, with samples depicted on his Web site, also include flowers, people and machines (with the people represented by cadavers or skeletons in rubber suits; the radiation doses are way too high for living humans to be models), seashells, toys, and underwear. On the site, he explains:

I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.

This site also posts many of his images along with explanations and background information from Veasey.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend. On Monday, we’ll get back to more serious stuff.

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