Name That Cross Section!

By Elizabeth Preston
Feb 20, 2011 8:15 AMNov 5, 2019 12:22 AM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Scroll down through this sequence of pictures. What do you see?

If you said "an artichoke as seen by an MRI machine," you're right! (And this guy would like to talk to you.) 

Andy Ellison is an MRI technician at the Boston University School of Medicine. He first put an orange through the machine one day to make sure it was working correctly. "A problem with the scanner would show itself with most fruits and veggies," he explained to Science. But it turned out that the inside of an orange was pretty cool in its own right. So Ellison started scanning all kids of produce and posting the videos online.

You should definitely go to Ellison's blog, Inside Insides, and watch a few of the videos. Following the scanner through its vegetable odysseys is a little bit like traveling through black hole, or maybe being digested by a squid.

In the meantime, see if you can identify these produce items. Bonus points if you spot any ligament tears.





Answers are in the comments. 

All images from Andy Ellison,

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!


Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 40% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2024 Kalmbach Media Co.