Yeovil hospital art project aims to demystify X-rays
X-rays of Toy Story characters and a police helmet are some of the objects in a Somerset hospital's art project aimed at demystifying radiology.
An exhibition of over 30 artworks has been created at Yeovil District Hospital to show how radiology works.
X-ray artist Hugh Turvey held a workshop where 80 people including patients and members of a camera club took X-rays of objects.
The project was the idea of senior radiographer Sasha Moore.
She said: "As the images were taken the radiographer explained the basic principles of X-ray imaging - the participants found seeing inside electrical toys especially interesting.
"Buzz Lightyear was shown in a new and unusual light with inner nuts, bolts and workings all spectacularly revealed."
The project was funded from a £12,000 grant from the Wellcome Trust.
Mr Turvey said: "Having the opportunity to see an X-ray department functioning has been truly inspirational, especially when you realise how many patients are treated on a daily basis and how a number of factors really impact on the staff."
The pictures will brighten up waiting areas as well as treatment rooms.
The hospital's arts co-ordinator, Caroline Barnes, said: "The opportunity to use medical equipment in a creative context is highly unusual and all those involved have been receptive and excited by the opportunity and hopefully can relate to such a positive experience should they be admitted as patients.
"There is a growing body of evidence that providing a bright and positive environment can support patient recovery and even reduce time spent in hospital."