Medical imaging equipment is not a toy—but that doesn’t mean scientists can’t have a little fun with MRI, CT and other modalities. David Mills, PhD, is an example of someone who balances work and play.
The x-ray microtomography facilities manager at Queen Mary University of London, Mills focuses on dental research for work. He uses high-resolution scanners that are limited to imaging objects as large as “a Pringles can,” as he says.
“The sort of CT scanners I user are more research oriented,” Mills said. “It’s not a fast scanner, but it goes ultimate contrast. You will see things you won’t see in a commercial system.”
When he’s not on the clock, Mills will often x-ray his lunch and allow people on social media to guess what he’s eating. He’s also scanned an iPhone while it was in use, AA batteries and an acorn.