Yeovil hospital art project aims to demystify X-rays

X-rays of Woody and Jessie from Toy Story
Image caption The X-ray art project was the brainwave of radiographer Sasha Moore

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."

Patient recovery

The project was funded from a £12,000 grant from the Wellcome Trust.

Image caption The artwork will be displayed in Yeovil District Hospital

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."

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