This is the radiologist’s version of photocopying your face at work.

These MRI scans show what an artichoke, a head of broccoli, and the human brain look like on the inside. Magnetic resonance imaging scanners, or MRIs for short, let us see internal anatomy at high resolution. When we put a set of MRI images in sequence, we get crazy pictures like these. Cool, huh?

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Heartbeats under magnetic resonance imaging.

We seldom consider the force with which our hearts beat through every moment of our lives. Most of us will only ever feel the dampened strength of these muscles at the arteries of the wrist or neck, perhaps through a stethoscope or in moments of excitement, exertion and fear. Take a moment to consider it now, if you will. 

Credit to the VCU Medical Center for these images.

A three-year-old girl had a hemispherectomy to treat Rasmussen syndrome. This MRI scan was taken in 2002 after she had turned seven.
The right hemisphere of her brain, which was completely removed, contained the language center and motor control for the left side of her body, and today she has very minor issues controlling her left arm and leg. However, she is fully bilingual in Turkish and Dutch and leads an otherwise normal life. 


MRI Scans Of Fruits And Veggies Are Astounding And Mildly Frightening

MRI technologist Andy Ellison spends his days scanning human brains, searching for abnormalities. He began scanning fruit on a whim, using an orange in a test of the machine’s settings; the results were so stunningly beautiful and transfixing that he began bringing produce to work, scanning our favorite fruits and veggies on his time off, and posting animated sequences of cross-section images onto his blog, Inside Insides.

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Progressive coronal sections of the human head in MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging can be used to develop a highly detailed map of the body, one two-dimensional slice at a time. The result when those slices are compiled and placed in order is an effective three-dimensional visualization of an object, allowing non-intrusive diagnostics. This scan permits the observation of even the innermost brain regions without surgery. And then, there are those eyes…