Fifteen Animals Who Look Terrifying in X-Rays

Today x-rays are used to diagnose hundreds of medical issues. First discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen, Professor of Physics in Wurzburg, Bavaria, the procedure uses radiation passed through the body to allow doctors to painlessly look inside a patient to assess illness and injury.

Dense parts of your body that X-rays find it more difficult to pass through, such as bone, show up as clear white areas on the image. Softer parts that X-rays can pass through more easily, such as your heart and lungs, show up as darker areas. This is what creates the distinctive negative-style images that we associate with x-rays.

We’re all pretty familiar with human skeletons, but have you ever thought about how different animals look when photographed with an x-ray machine? Here are fifteen images of various animals who look spooky and unusual on the inside! It might just change the way you look at these animals.

Ball Python

Rodrigues Flying Fox

Golden Eagle

Hedgehog

Toucan

Screech Owl

Dwarf Mongoose

Sugar Glider

Seahorse

Viper moray eel

Horse

Elephant

Mouse

Iguana

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