Camera Geekery: Camera CT Scans


by Bellamy /

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Camera Geekery: Camera CT Scans
Recently I was checking out some of the groups I follow on Flickr, when I came across the work of Steffen Ross. Steffen takes CT scans of cameras, and all sorts of other objects too. But the cameras are what caught my eye. I have seen X-rays, but never full CT scans. Check out these cool images and find out how they were made.

My name is Steffen Ross, I’m a 39 years old radiologist of east german origin, working in research in Switzerland.
Our group is situated at the University of Zurich and operates a dedicated CT and MRI Scanner for post mortem examinations, so called virtual autopsies or „Virtopsy“.
You can see the CT in this video:

I made a few of non-medical examinations in the last years. Many of them to tune the image quality of the scanners for special purposes. One of the projects is the reduction of metal related artifacts in our post mortem CT scans.
It’s a little bit like tweaking the Raw data of a digital camera.
I decided to test the methods with real life objects instead of medical phantoms.

Each examination contains a dataset of 500-1500 slices with a thickness between 0.4 and 0.6mm.
This massive stack of images is post processed with dedicated radiologic imaging software. I did most of the reconstructions on maxed out Macbook Pro. Final cleaning is then done with Photoshop.

I am photographing since I was 12 and never lost the curiosity to see things which are usually not seen. Like my little x-ray camera museum or scanning a coffee machine while making coffee (

These are so cool. Many thanks to Steffen for sharing these and telling about the process. Go and check out his Flikr (Click here) to see many more fascinating CT scans.

Please make sure you come and comment. What camera would you want to scan?

5 comments on “Camera Geekery: Camera CT Scans”

    joel December 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm / Reply

    Hey Steffen!!
    What are you doing with the images after? Are they printed or something?

    Kyle Batson December 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm / Reply

    I would’ve to have prints of a few of these. I think they would look great matted hanging on a wall.

    lewy December 31, 2014 at 6:49 am / Reply

    These are great,
    It is another world for the camera geek!!
    I would like to see inside a Leica r6 please? (mechanical shutter)

    Julio França January 31, 2015 at 11:01 am / Reply

    I did something like that years ago, but with a regular x ray machine.
    Do you wanna see a Holga X Ray image? Or maybe a Lomo LC-A?

    Sorry for my english…

    Caro July 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm / Reply

    I Would also like one printed in a large format for hanging on the wall. Is it possible to recieve/buy one of the images?

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