Halloween special feature: from the haunted scrotum to the spooky pelvis.

By Seriously Science | October 31, 2013 9:00 am

We’ve already discussed how pathologists who have been staring at specimens too long start to see cute animals. Well, doctors and radiologists, for some reason, see spooky images instead. Here we feature three such images, along with their original captions. Happy Halloween!

The case of the haunted scrotum

haunted scrotum

“A 45-year-old man was referred for investigation of an undescended right testis by computed tomography (CT). An ultra-sound scan showed a normal testis and epididymis on the left side. The right testis was not visualized in the scrotal sac or in the right inguinal region. On CT scanning of the abdomen and pelvis, the right testis was not identified but the left side of the scrotum seemed to be occupied by a screaming ghost-like apparition (Figure 1). By chance, the distribution of normal anatomical structures within the left side of the scrotum had combined to produce this image. What of the undescended right testis? None was found. If you were a right testis, would you want to share the scrotum with that?”

Images in clinical medicine. An endoscopic jack-o’-lantern.


“Figure 1: A 72-year-old man underwent follow-up colonoscopy after the removal of multiple tubulovillous polyps. Severe diverticulosis was the only finding. Three diverticula were seen adjacent to the larger lumen of the bowel.”

Spooky pelvis

This figure represents the entirety of a cryptic paper published in The American Journal of Roentgenology.

Spooky pelvis (source)

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