This Is What A Medical Scanner Looks Like Without Its Skin

CT scanners typically look like devices from Star Trek's Enterprise. When you look at them without their smooth futuristic covers on, they look like tired engine parts from the Battlestar Galactica.

According to the description of the Reddit user who posted this amazing image:

The upper left corner has the actual X-Ray tube. The lower right is the imager - it's what basically is the digital "film" for the CT scanner. The box in the upper right is probably the motor that makes the whole assembly rotate. Oh, by the way... all this machinery rotates around you at a very high rate of speed. That's why it has to be level and balanced, because if it's offset or off-balance, it starts making some really nasty noises, and eventually tears up the bearings. I used to work on these things about 5-6 years ago. This one is more modern than the ones I worked on, but it's the same concept.

CT scanners produce bi-dimensional slices of human bodies (or anything else) using X-rays. These cross-sections can be examined by doctors both in their original form or as part of three-dimensional models created using the data from each of the slices together. [Reddit]


Comments

    Man you wouldn't want that thing to throw a bearing!!

    I would... aslong as no ones in/near it.

    add a fusion reactor and back to 1950 we go :D

    Comment at around 0:16 is entirely VERY appropriate

    Fun Fact: The case is made to look like plastic, but is infact a re-enforced form of fiberglass made to withstand the force of explosion... In the unlikey event that one of these things actually become unbalanced with a patent inside.

      "become unbalanced with a patent inside" ...... Apple will come for you!

    The flux capicitor was much smaller, maybe they need to talk to Doc Brown.

    looks like a "Transformer" before it changes into a robot.

    Freakin' awesome.
    I've been a patient in one of these things a couple of times now, and have always known that there was a lot of gear spinning inside somewhere, but had no idea just how MUCH gear and just how fast it spins.
    I always assumed the spin rate was fairly leisurely.
    Not so it seems.
    Thanks for this post. Very interesting to see these things sans skin.

    very timely... i was just in one on tuesday... crazy

    i like how they stick stickers underneath for kids - im a brave-a-saurus fyi :)

    It's a hat off to the elegance of engineering that something like that can be balanced so well. Take into account the amount of CURRENT that it also has to handle because there's a tungsten emitter element as well as the detector array!

    If Terry Gilliam had seen this, Cole might have used it to go back to stop the virus. I had numerous CAT scans in the early 1980's - they sounded more like a large washing machine surrounding you. It's a good thing the CT scanner has a cover - that would frighten most people more than their illness, I reckon.

    Like sticking your head in the LHC and switching it on.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now