We Want A Lego MRI For Christmas : Shots - Health News If you love Lego and health care, then how about making your own toy MRI scanner and popping it in a CT machine for some clean, cool images.
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We Want A Lego MRI For Christmas

Admit it. You still love Lego.

You may not be the only one way past childhood to retain a fondness for those colorful plastic bricks. But do you also have easy access to a CT scanner? And do you like to build medical equipment with your blocks?

Well, if you did, maybe you'd pull off something like this 3-D image reconstructed from CT scans of an MRI scanner made of Lego. Cool!

Lego toy MRI scanner as imaged by a CT scanner. voxel123/Flickr hide caption

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Lego toy MRI scanner as imaged by a CT scanner.

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When we first saw the image, we contacted voxel123 on Flickr to get permission to show it to you here. He agreed and also told us he works as a PACS administrator and is a specialist in 3-D post-processing of radiology images. "Thus I subjected the Lego MRI to a CT scan," he explained. "Who wouldn't?" we thought.

Here's the original, unscanned Lego MRI. Merry Christmas!

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A Lego toy MRI scanner made for a pediatric radiologist.

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