Rorschach radiology

Sometimes in radiology, we come across images that look odd, comical or surprisingly beautiful, and one may even wonder whether there is a subliminal message within.

The original Rorschach test deals with the interpretation of inkblots as a method of psychological assessment.  Here we challenge you to submit your own radiological "ink blots" and show us what you saw in them.

This is the first verse from a poem 1 written by Irwin Freundlich (1930-2017), an erudite American radiologist, which describes the underlying idea of the confrontation of Roentgen with Rorschach:

"Many things have been done, many battles won,
by the followers of the ray.
And the pioneers' light has improved our sight.
But to a man, we confuse if we can,
The realm of psychology with that of pathology,
The Rorschach and the Roentgen'gram." 

History and etymology

Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922) was a Swiss psychiatrist who devised his eponymous inkblot test, which he described in his book, Psychodiagnostik (English: Psychodiagnostics), first published in 1921 2. He died the following year from appendicitis.

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  • Rorschach's radiology

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  • Aortic dissection ♥
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  • "?" in the rectum
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  • His father
    Magnetic shamanism
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  • A clockwork orange
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  • Talocalcaneal duck with talar "beak"
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  • Cherry blossom biliary tree
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  • Declaration of love to a certain "J"
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  • Bronchogenic carcinoma mimicking a breast implant
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  • Empty heart shaped blighted ovum
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  •  Scotty dog
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  • Gallbladder car
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  • Koala in sphenoid sinus
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  • Panda
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    A smiley faced odontoid peg
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  • Hair on end
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  • Young woman
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  • Face
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  • Nerve root smily face
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  • Pokeball in pelvis
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  • Walking man
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  • Hepatic man
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  • Hummingbird
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