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Image of the Week: Strawberry MRI

10 Jul, 2015

B0009462 Strawberry, sagittal view, MRI

With the Wimbledon finals this weekend and the sun shining over Trust HQ, we thought it was the perfect time for some strawberries and cream – with a twist! Over 28,000Kg of strawberries and cream will be eaten at the All England Club during the 2015 tennis championships, but our image this week is focusing on just one strawberry.

We’re giving you a look at the fruit from a whole new perspective. The strawberry above has been virtually sliced, using spin-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), revealing the details of the fruit without damaging it! These virtual slices are ultra-thin and so only a small selection of them is shown in this collage.

This image has been digitally coloured, with contrast corresponding to the intensity of the MRI signal, and the hue changed to match the natural colour of the fruit.

The ancient Romans believed that strawberries could help with the symptoms of melancholy, kidney stones and halitosis, but we’re happy just to enjoy them for their sweet taste and vitamin C!

Image credit: Alexandr Khrapichev, University of Oxford, Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images is one of the world’s richest and most unusual collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Over 100,000 high resolution images from our historical collections are now free to use under the Creative Commons-Attribution only (CC-BY) licence.

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  1. 10 Jul, 2015 6:43 pm

    Strawberries can also help to keep your teeth clean. the astringent in strawberries helps remove surface stains.

    Shame we won’t be seeing Andy Murray in the final, Roger Federer was just too good for him today.

    Great game though.

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