Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Foods

Andy Ellison



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Suggestions?

Ahoy,

I'm looking for suggestions on what to scan. Since the MRI needs checking for homogeneity of the field and reconstruction capability and what not, I still always have opportunities to scan interesting things. So I ask you: 
Do you know of anything interestingly rare perhaps that could yield pretty results?

I will note that pitted fruits and vegetables (peach, mango, avocado, etc.) tend to be pretty boring...which is sad, but alas, true.

Any suggestions would be fun and helpful, and Ill do what I can to get them done. Many thanks!

-Andy


p.s. Eggplant is on its way

49 comments:

  1. Pomegranates, passion fruit, figs, pumpkins, fish

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  2. Sunflower, starfruit, coconut, pets, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanesco_broccoli


    _josh

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  4. I second pomegranates. Also, dragon fruit, rambutan, and a couple of others seen here: http://eatingcorner.blogspot.com/2010/09/top-10-interesting-exotic-fruit-and.html

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  5. I like most of these suggestions but I'd personally rather it not turn into fish/other dead animals. This blog is quite popular in the vegan community!

    I want to see kumquats and pummelos.

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  6. It's not a vegetable, but the Turducken would be an interesting MRI to see.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turducken

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  7. Thirding pomegranate, seconding fish, grapes, onion, carrots (lengthwise, from tip of the root to the green leafy tops), spaghetti squash, crookneck squash

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  8. Honeycomb.

    Brain coral.

    Paper wasp nest.

    Horn or antler.

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  9. Bread? Blueberry muffin?

    Pumpkin. Walnut. Different squash varieties. A really old potato with a bunch of vines growing out of it. A sunflower.

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  10. How about a pot pie? How about insects of various types?

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  11. Definitely pomegranate, as mentioned... also fennel, jackfruit, durian. I like the sunflower idea, too. How about other flowers? Dahlias, roses, hydrangeas... all would be interesting.

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  13. Head of a large sunflower, prune, medlar, a black walnut with the outer flesh still on it.

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  14. soursop, mangosteen, champedak, custard apple, persimmon

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  15. A 'Gala pie' which is a pork pie with a boiled egg in the middle!

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  16. A bunch of grapes, onions, garlic, mushrooms.... oops... now I'm hungry.

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  17. Have papaya, plantain, yucca or ginger root been done yet? I agree that pomegranate, exotic fruits (and normals - has citrus been looked at yet?), mushrooms, bulbs/root vegetables (garlic, leeks/onions, beets), mushrooms/fungi (though truffles might be asking a bit much), and especially flowers would be amazing. I love your images. They show the beauty and wonder to be found in the seemingly mundane. Thank you for your inspiring posts.

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  18. Bunch of Grapes, Bulb of Garlic, Tomato, Pomegranate, Onion, Strawberries

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  19. what about plants? A venus flytrap maybe?

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  20. Hey these are amazing. Cauliflower and pine cones should be pretty and interesting. It is amazing to see the golden ratio in movement.

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  21. Greens of various kinds - bok choy, Swiss Chard, Kale, spinach - because your image of lettuce really surprised me as it was so full of sparkle.

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  22. How about cacti, or cacti fruit? Rambutan? Figs? How about soan papdi?

    Sunflower seems like a good idea to me. Pinapple, pinecones, and honeycomb I'm also going to second.

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  23. I second Duby's suggestion of mangosteen. Would be really interesting, but from experience they are pretty hard to find. We had to order them: http://www.1-800-organicfruitofthemonthclub.com/info.html

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  24. I second Carissa's artichoke suggestion.

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  25. I suggest prickly pear (aka cactus fruit, aka tuna in Spanish markets). Seeds seem to make interesting patterns and it's loaded with them.

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  26. So beautiful! I second pineapple, pinecones and honeycomb. Would also love to see a tree branch or stump.

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  27. Figs - a few - quick before the season passes! And artichoke, onions and garlic could be neat.

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  28. How about a big rotting fruit/vegetable?

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  29. I would lov eto see a comparison of organic vs. conventionally grown fruit and veg. I bet you'll see a difference in energy.

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  30. Could you scan a living plant? Maybe a strawberry plant? Something flowering?

    How about eggs?

    Shannon

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  31. I'm doing the Computational Science and Visualisation master at the University of Groningen and I would like to have some raw MRI-scan data. Could you provide me with the raw data of a few of these scans?

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  32. You could try Bonsai Trees, especially the ones with lots of very tiny leaves. - Your images are awesome and I agree, some would make amazing fabric design. How would crystals and geodes show up I wonder or a piece of honey comb, even better a wasps nest, if you find an empty (!) one.

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  33. some obscure-ish ones:
    puntarella chicory, frisee, cocoa pods, buddha's hand citron, whole coconuts, macapuno, celery root, beetroot, australian finger limes, kohlrabi, morels, cipollini onions, bamboo shoots, papaya, tamarind pods, navel orange, cherimoya, guanabana

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  34. Andy

    These scans are gorgeous, and fascinating. Do you think this work could be adapted/expanded for a book? I'm a literary agent and I'd love to know more about what you're doing.

    I'm on farley@waxmanagency.com

    Best,

    Farley Chase

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  35. For Hanukkah, a loaf of challah bread, and for Christmas a 'tree' of a rosemary bush like the ones they start selling at grocery stores!

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  36. Is there a big difference in dried fruits? Denser?

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  37. Various pine cones; walnuts and pecans in the shells; whole shellfish in their shells (oysters, clams, scallops, crab &/or lobster); fruitcake; coarse sausage; chocolate Easter bunny; whole emmenthal, jarlsburg or maybe blue cheese; a bag of Chex Snack Mix; a jar of coarse marmelade; leek or endive on end; blueberries; rambutans; jack fruit/durians.

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  38. Hello, romanesco broccoli would be amazing!

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