Category: Halloween

Halloween MRI Special: Guts, Brain, Skeleton, etc (in fact, *my* guts, brain, skeleton, etc)

Welcome. Mwa-hah-hah-hah-hah-ha!

Yes, it’s Halloween, a sort of Beta Christmas. And as is typical, local streets and shops are festooned with images of witches, pumpkins, ghosts, and — of course — skeletons. Because skeletons are scary, you see.

In an age of austerity, it is good to consider ways of cutting out unnecessary expenditure. With this in mind, I offer you here some home-grown guts and gore: namely, some MRI images of my own innards, all pimped up GIF-wise for your entertainment.

Get prepared…

…to be SCARED!

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For the especially confused, this is my chest and neck

You see? It’s true. I have no heart.

This one gives a side-on view of the above. Again, no heart:

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Somewhere in there are some prolapsed discs

And this last one’s my fave. It features pretty good detail on my upper spine, spinal cord, brain stem, and cerebellum:

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That beauty of a cerebellum is why I’ve such excellent
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So what have we learned from all this? Well, MRI scans offer some pretty clear images of soft tissue inside the body, all by beaming some magnetic waves in there and measuring what happens (see here for more). Secondly, try to avoid growing old, if at all possible — your proneness to semi-random muscle-tears and spinal disc herniation just escalates. And thirdly, GIFs are fun, fun, fun!

Compliments of the season to you all…

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