A doctor has created a unique website which allows physicians to share and study interesting x-rays of patients… and post x-rays of things people have shoved up their bums.
Some of the items are understandable (sex toy, deodorant can), others might take a little longer to get your head around (orange, instant coffee jar).
Radiopaedia was founded by Dr Frank Gailand seven years ago while he was studying to become a radiologist.
The site says its aim ‘is to create the best available radiology reference, and to make it available to you as well as your colleagues to use for free and forever’, however we suspect most people just use it to find pictures of things stuck where they shouldn’t be.
Once you get over your childish chuckling, there is actually some interesting medical information.
For example, you could learn the dangers of inserting an eggplant (or aubergine) into your anus, as one doctor explained: ‘The shape of the eggplant means that once its equator has passed the anal verge it has a tendency to scoot up up and away.
‘When that happens… well, it means an embarrassing trip to the emergency department, or perhaps the local horticultural society.’
Of course the names and locations of the patients are never revealed, so there is no risk of the embarrassing stories being traced back to anyone.