Art Meets Science With These MRI Images of Fruits and Vegetables

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Andy Ellison works as an MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School.  When preparing his machinery to peer into human bodies, his test subjects of choice are fruits and vegetables.  With his Tesla MRI, he has put together a series of images of the most familiar fruits and vegetables around.  When he’s not using the machine for official purposes, he experiments with it.  Under the scrutinizing eye of his MRI, these foods take on strange, hypnotic qualities, making them unbelievable.

Corn

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Tomato

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Garlic: Axial

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Coronal

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Banana

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Peach

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Bamboo Shoot:

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Strawberries:

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Kiwano (horned melon): Spin echo-

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Sagittal:

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Onion:

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Pomegranate:

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Lettuce:

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Celery:

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Watermelon:

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Pineapple:

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When his images hit the internet, they were an instant hit.  Since then he’s kept up the search for new subjects.  This is what happens when art meets science.  Most photographers and artist will never have the opportunity to make the kind of images that Andy Ellison does.

The whole project started when Ellison needed a test subject to adjust the machine’s parameters.  He grabbed an orange.  After being astonished with the result, he began doing the same thing with other produce. As Ellison continues picking up subjects at the produce aisle, the animations get more and more gorgeous.