Ever wanted to know what your favorite fruits and vegetables look like on the inside?

What's that? You see what they look like on the inside every time you eat them? Oh, yeah.

Well, even so, check out this website with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) animations of various fruits and vegetables. It's pretty cool. Broccoli looks like fireworks!

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is often used to examine the insides of our bodies without actually cutting them open. Unlike other non-invasive scanning methods (like x-rays), an MRI scan doesn't shoot ionizing radiation at you. (Ionizing radiation isn't great, because it can damage your DNA and potentially cause cancer.) MRIs seem to be a lot more complicated than that, but, as I understand it, they work by causing the tiny magnetic fields of hydrogen atoms in our bodies to rotate by shooting them with radio waves. The rotating magnetic fields can be detected by a scanner, which can then build images of the body with that information. (Did that make any sense?)

I had an MRI done on my brain this winter/spring, after I fell off my bicycle like a jerk, and hit my head on the road like a jerk. I meant to put it up on Buzz, but I forgot. (Hey—brain damage.) Someday, maybe. Anyway, I think my brain looked mostly like the watermelon, or maybe the durian, except with eyeballs stuck on there.

Again: "Inside Insides" fruit and vegetable magnetic resonance imaging.

(Good looking out to Matt for the link.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Shana says:

That's just awesome. It reminds me of x-rays of shells I saw once at a hospital. I particularly liked the rotating 3D models.

posted on Thu, 07/22/2010 - 12:50pm

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