20 Most Shocking Medical Scans

11:16 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
  • In a case published in British Medical Journal Case Reports, a woman had a pen lodged in her stomach for 25 years. When doctors removed the pen, it still could write. Credit: CBS/BMJ Case Reports
  • Watch those nail guns. This worker didn't, and he wound up shooting a nail into his hand. Doctors removed it, and he was fine. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • This scary-looking image shows what can happen when a toddler runs with a pen in his mouth. When he fell, the pen went through the inside of his upper lip - and kept going until it had reached almost to the eye socket. But he was lucky - it came out and he was fine. Credit: Dr. George R. Barnes, Jr.
  • This young man stepped on a nail while wearing sandals. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • To a boy, playing with a blowgun sounds like great fun. Only this boy sucked when he should have blown - and inhaled a corsage pin into his windpipe. Luckily, doctors were able to retrieve it without too much trouble - and the boy went home none the worse. Credit: Dr. George R. Barnes, Jr.
  • 16-year-old Yasser Lopez of Miami was injured when a spear gun his friend was holding accidentally discharged, causing a spear more than three-feet long to impale his skull and brain. Amazingly the teen survived, and was even able to speak to doctors throughout the whole ordeal. Credit: Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but some of the images on this list might leave you speechless. Medical imaging scans like an X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound can tell doctors what's wrong with a patient, and in the case of many of these scans, doctors were given a clear picture of odd objects patients ingested or were impaled by. With X-rays generously provided by Dr. Tim B. Hunter, professor of radiology at the University of Arizona, and others pulled from the headlines, here are 21
  • In this still image taken from an undated video released by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, an image created through medical imaging technology shows an X-ray-like image of 2-year-old Jesus Rodriguez, prior to having a benign tumor removed from his body. Mexican doctors successfully removed a 33 pound tumor from the toddler that was heavier than his body weight. Credit: AP
  • This unfortunate person was attacked with a screwdriver. Believe it or not, doctors removed the weapon - and the patient made a full recovery. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • Be careful while doing yard work - this old man tripped and was accidentally impaled on his pruning shears, which penetrated his eye socket and reached down into his neck. Thankfully, he made a full recovery. Credit: AP
  • This is what can happen when you step on a pen. Doctors frequently x-ray such injuries to make sure there is no damage to the bone. The soft tissue heals quickly with minimal treatment. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • The abdomen in this x-ray belonged to a mentally unstable man who swallowed a box-cutter blade. "Swallowing objects is very common in mental institutions," says Dr. Tim B. Hunter, professor of radiology at the University of Arizona and a collector of unusual X-ray images. But the blade passed without harm. Once they reach the large intestine, says Dr. Hunter, swallowed foreign bodies often pass without harm. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • This is what can happen when you step on a pen. Doctors frequently x-ray such injuries to make sure there is no damage to the bone. The soft tissue heals quickly with minimal treatment. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • Flatware is for eating - not swallowing. Unfortunately, this mental patient didn't make the distinction - and wound up with a knife lodged in his esophagus. It had to be surgically removed. Credit: Dr. D. S. Harty
  • Here's a worker who stepped on a screw. Luckily, there was no lasting damage. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • This bullet, lodged in a woman's left breast, was discovered during a routine mammogram years after she had been shot. It didn't seem to pose any threat to her health, so doctors left it in place. She told doctors that the man who shot her was dead. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • Mom was hysterical when her young son came home with a car's radio antenna protruding from his chest. Seems he had been playing in a tree when he fell, landed on a junk heap, and an antenna impaled his rectum, going clean through his body and out his chest. Amazingly, no major organs were injured. Once doctors removed the antenna, the boy made a full recovery. Credit: Dr. Tim B. Hunter
  • Some drug "mules" swallow drug-filled condoms or balloons before passing through customs, intending to collect the drugs once they've been passed. But it's risky business. If even one of the condoms ruptures while still inside the body, the result can be a gigantic overdose - possibly fatal. Credit: Dr. Charles A. Rohrmann, Jr.
  • 3-year-old Payton Bushnell swallowed 37 Buckyballs, and the magnetic balls snapped the girl's intestines together, ripped three holes into her lower intestine and one hole into her stomach. Credit: KPTV
  • This is what happened when a poorly supervised mental patient got hold of some nuts - the kind that screw onto bolts. At the point the x-ray was taken, the nuts were partway through the small intestine. They eventually passed without incident. Credit: Dr. D. S. Harty
    
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