Monochrome,  X-Ray

Vegetables X-ray photography

Harold implanted the idea of X-rays with onions in me. Although more than covered with professional requirements, I tried my hand at vegetable x-ray photography.

I can say it’s fun. Although a defective screen had to be replaced at the beginning. And you need some patience. Not every shot shows its beauty from the beginning. Some have to be developed first.

Let’s start with a corncob. It has many outer leaf layers, which lie close to it. X-rays look through and show the layers at the edge of the bulb as fine lines.

Corncob X-ray photo © Julian Köpke

Here is a comparison of X-ray on the left side versus Mammography on the right side. A Belgian endive and a lettuce show much more contrast and fine structure in a mammography whereas X-ray gives more the impression of softness. Which goes well for a salad.

Chickory (Belgian endive) and lettuce X-ray photo © Julian Köpke
Chickory (Belgian endive) and lettuce mammography X-ray photo © Julian Köpke

Onions have a lot of liquid and are therefore radiopaque. I was curious to see which method  would make it better to reveal the layerstructure of the onions. To my surprise mammography did a pretty good job.

 

Onions mammography X-ray photo © Julian Köpke
Onions mammography X-ray photo © Julian Köpke

Conventional X-ray offers more mystery, especially when you stack onions.

Stacked onions X-ray photo © Julian Köpke

Some kind of layered structure also has fennel. I got two specimen that looked like mittens.

Fennel © Julian Köpke

This year we had so many apples in our garden. They are red and look juicy. I had the chance to take two of them to my X-ray machine. With the help of two different orientations an interesting picture succeeds, because on of the apples still has a small branch.

May be there is some truth in the saying: an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But as the dentist would say: no teeth, no apple.

Sleeping beauty's choice © Julian Köpke
An apple a day keeps the doctor away © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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