You Won’t Believe What This Pumpkin Does in a MRI Scanner!

Wow! Check out the MRI scan of this pumpkin looks like! Andy Ellison’s website Inside Insides has a whole gallery of images of different objects that Andy has scanned with a research grade Philips 3 Tesla MRI. Andy is a MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School. Thanks, Andy!

Animation Showing the different Layers of a Pumpkin

What am I looking at?
The animation you’re seeing is showing the MRI scan as separate layers. Imagine slicing a pumpkin horizontally like a layer cake. Each picture is an individual layer, and the animation shows scanning from the bottom of the pumpkin all the way up to the stalk.

What’s a “3 Tesla” MRI Machine?
The “3 Tesla” MRI machine means that it’s a more modern, powerful MRI machine than many of the 1.5 Tesla machines found in hospitals. A more powerful machine results in greater detail in the final scan. Here’s a good explanation of 3 Tesla machines from 3T Imaging.

Can you tell it’s a pumpkin? Can you see the stalk of the pumpkin?



T. Jankowski lives in San Francisco. Find him on Twitter and . His latest direction is learning about health and blogging about MRI scans. He's quite the biotech explorer, including designing lab equipment like a blue light transilluminator and PCR machines, and co-founding BioCurious, the largest hackerspace for biotech.

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2 thoughts on “You Won’t Believe What This Pumpkin Does in a MRI Scanner!

  1. I had a MIR done and I have been experiencing some difficulties when I’m ready to go to sleep and my body gets relaxed or if you’re tired my body starts to tremble inside it feels like I’m still in that machine and I think I’m going to die I don’t know what to do. I don’t know if haven’t dental fillings in my mouth is causing this reaction or because I had a breast reduction in really don’t know what went wrong plus i had a nose ring and rings on my fingers i ask her if i needed to take them off she said NO IM SO SCARED TO SLEEP BECAUSE I FEAR I MAY DIED

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