Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Foods

Andy Ellison



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Ahoy internet!
Many thanks to your comments of approval, I'm very glad people like what they see.
I'm asking for a tiny favor. If you feel so inclined, I would be for ever appreciative.
Please comment about one of the scans you've seen and describe briefly what it reminded you of / made you think of/ feel like. I believe people see tons and tons of different things in the complexities of some of the scans and I'd love to hear what they are. Thats all...many many many thanks. I'll keep you all appraised as to what I decide to do with this information.



  1. I just had a look back and was struck by the lettuce and eggplant. I love how there's an inner fractal structure to both of them that's only really apparent when viewed as a moving cross-section.

    I love this site.

  2. Truth be told, I just like all these things. The pomegranate and pumpkin have very intriguing internal structures when rotated, that's for sure.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. I am struck by how many of the scans remind me of sea creatures! The shape/structure of some of those creatures seems so 'alien', but we have items of similar structure in our kitchens. I just love that.

    I, too, love the site. Thanks!!

  4. I find all of them endlessly fascinating. My favourites are broccoli because it makes me think of fireworks and grapes, they look like rain falling in a puddle.

  5. I love all of them, the first one of the onion reminded me of pictures of exploding stars

  6. The beans passing through lengthwise reminded me of the illustrations of the movement of stars in the center of the galaxy. The beans in several directions reminded me of dolphins.

    I just got here, so will be proceeding through your blog when I have some time in the near future and you'll see more from me, I'm sure.

  7. These are beautiful images, thanks for sharing. They remind me of marine invertebrates, perhaps because of the radial symmetry and flowing movements.

  8. These are all really amazing images. If you're still taking suggestions, maybe blackberries, strawberries or pine cones?

  9. To my totally non-sciency-mathy eye... when I look at some of them, I feel like I'm watching little stories about energy. For instance the beet I just watched... at first it's a growing mass, then it looks like it (in the little narrative I've built around it) pulls in some sort of seed of energy into its base, then passes it through its core and radiates it out through the top, magnified -- or maybe just unpacked. And also interesting is the way the greens look as though they're passing energy bidirectionally -- pulling in energy and also the conduit for energy expulsion.

    The persimmon and onion look like fireworks, or a big bang/big crunch; the spaghetti squash like a crazy little hurricane that exists to create a space for some kind of mordory-hellmouthy manifestation that is, like everything else, impermanent, and collapses on itself.

    Yeah, I like how all of them burst into existence and then collapse on themselves.

    Also if you're taking suggestions: romanesco cauliflower?

  10. Hello.

    I'm Polish journalist. I would like to write an article about your work, but I don't know if it's possible to use these awsome images without breaching of copyright (I'll credit your website of course)?

    Thank you for response (my e-mail:

    Cheers, Annie

  11. You have a really fascinating project going on here. I am a science nerd and a food nerd so I guess you hit both those interests!

    I don't really have a good answer to your question - I usually see a lot of strange things in everyday objects - but I am so fascinated by this I don't any imagination!

  12. pepper: 4 chamber view, AV canal with VSD