Oh, So That's What It Looks Like! Bizarre X-Ray Art

McDonald's Big Mac SandwichMcDonald's Big Mac Sandwich

New York med student and artist Satre Stuelke started a project in 2007 called "Radiology Art" in which he takes x-ray scans of ordinary objects.

McDonald's 6 Piece Chicken NuggetsMcDonald's 6 Piece Chicken Nuggets

Using a CT scanner, Stuelke captures these unique images that combine the worlds of medicine and art. This project was started when Stuelke was a first-year medical student and he has now created over 30 of these beautiful images.

McDonald's Filet-o-Fish SandwichMcDonald's Filet-o-Fish Sandwich

From the site: "Artist and medical student Satre Stuelke founded the Radiology Art project to explore the hidden contents and structures of everyday things. Dedicated to the deeper visualization of various objects that hold unique cultural importance in contemporary society, this project intends to plant a seed of scientific creativity in the minds of all those inclined to participate."

Swanson Hungry Man TV DinnerSwanson Hungry Man TV Dinner

He usually has three main subjects that he works with: food, toys, and electronics. He has scanned Big Macs to Bananas to Barbie Dolls in order to see what they look like on the inside. His work is inspired by photographer Robert Heineken. "Heineken used this technique to make meaningful commentary on many different contemporary subjects, but it was his food and his sense of humor I was most drawn to," Stuelke said. "So I picked a Swanson Hungry Man TV dinner to put in the MRI machine, but it came out better in CT."

Barbie DollBarbie Doll

Toy ElephantToy Elephant

Wind-Up BunnyWind-Up Bunny



Sunbeam MixerSunbeam Mixer

Pretty cool, don’t you think? The scans of the McDonald's food look quite scary. Not sure if that's anything I want to be putting into my body anymore. Although, I doubt it will take a few disturbing scans to keep me away from their delicious fish sandwich. It is interesting, though, to see what most of this stuff is made of.

What do you think? Which scans are your favorite? Which ones creep you out?


Copyrighted images used with permission. Many thanks to Satre Stuelke. Visit his site at RadiologyArt.com to see more amazing images!

Jun 17, 2009
by Anonymous


Why are all the food items in the Hungry Man dinner the same color?
Makes you think.