If you think the human body is fascinating, but also very weird, wait until you see these 14 X-Rays. This technology has been around for quite a while, but we still find it absolutely mind-blowing how X-Rays and different body scan technologies allow us to see and understand how our bodies work like never before.
1. This Is How a Human Brain Looks Like in a Coma (Left) Versus a Healthy Person's Brain (Right)
The healthy person's brain looks more contrasted and the gyri and sulci of the cortex look way more pronounced because the coma patient's brain is swollen and has impaired blood flow.
2. A Child Moving in their Mother's Womb
The child is situated with their back to the mother's belly and you can even see the mother's spine and the umbilical cord in this functional MRI image.
3. A 7-Year-Old's Teeth (Top Image) Versus an Adult's Teeth (Bottom Image)
You can see not just how much healthier the child's teeth are, but also compare how the permanent teeth and wisdom teeth in the child's X-Ray are still hidden in the jaw, whereas the adult has undergone quite a few tooth extractions.
4. On the Image Below, You Can See the Aorta, the Largest blood Vessel in the Human Body (The Red Tube).
You can also see the blood vessels in the kidneys (the magenta circles located to the sides of the aorta). The kidneys have so many blood vessels because one of their functions is to filter blood.
5. Facelift Cosmetic Surgery Can Be Done Using Gold Threads, and Guess What? These Show Up on an X-Ray
Just look at all those tiny stitches all over the perimeter of the face and the neck.
6. Spongebob Squarepants Ended Up Stuck in this Child's Throat, which Serves as a Reminder to Never Let Kids Play without Adult Supervision
7. This Person Tried Smuggling Drugs in Their Body, But They Were Caught, and This is What the Contraband Looked Like in Their Digestive Tract
8. This is a Functional MRI Image of an Opera Singer Singing Wagner
If you look closely at their throat, you will even be able to see how the vocal cords vibrate as the person sings.
9. Alcohol-Induced Vermian Atrophy (Left) versus a Healthy Person's Cerebellum (Right)
The Cerebellum is the lower back part of the brain that kind of looks like a separate small brain situated underneath the hemispheres. You can see that the person on the left has a much smaller damaged cerebellum than the one on the right, likely as a result of alcohol abuse.
10. Both Images Show the Blood Vessels in a Finger
As you can see, there are a lot of especially tiny blood vessels centered at the tips of our fingers. This is because we have a lot more receptors on our fingertips than the rest of our skin since we use them to sense our surroundings, and the blood vessels supply nutrition to these receptors.
11. This is an X-ray of a Person Weighing 185 kg (410 lbs)
This X-Ray is proof that we're all the same on the inside.
12. All the Neural Connections in Our Brain Isolated
Our brains consist primarily of fatty tissues called glia that fill up the space between nerve cells called neurons. If we were to get rid of all the glia from the brain and keep only the neurons, this is what our brains would look like. We have around 86-100 billion neurons in our brain, and they are the cells that do most of the job in perceiving and interacting with the environment, as well as controlling our behavior and body functions.
13. A Mother and a Child in an MRI
Although we can see their brains clearly, their faces and shoulders look quite blurry. This is because they are moving as the mother hugs and kisses the child.
14. You Can See How a Hand Develops From a Newborn Age to Adulthood (18 Years)
It's interesting how the amount of fatty tissue and cartilage decreases as we grow up, with the cartilage being slowly replaced by bones (you can't actually see the cartilage clearly in the X-Rays so they look like spaces between bones).