Move over, grilled cheese Virgin Mary. Step aside, bathroom door Jesus.
When Canadian researchers recently conducted an ultrasound to examine a growth on a patient's testicles
, they expected to look at the mass, but didn't expect the mass to be staring back.
"It was almost like art coming out of this patient's testicles,"
said Dr. Naji Touma, an assistant professor of urology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. "It was an amusing finding."
Despite the image, however, Touma doesn't suspect any divine presence.
"It's purely coincidental," he said. "That's what came to our mind, though, that somebody would look at this like the Virgin Mary on toast . . . but it's not the case."
Touma and a resident doctor, Gregory Roberts, discovered the "face" in one of more than three dozen images that were scanned of the patient who had been feeling discomfort about two years ago.
Luckily for the patient — a 45-year-old paraplegic man — the growth was benign and doctors removed the testicle with no complications.
The case was published in a recent issue of the journal Urology under the title, The Face of Testicular Pain: A Surprising Ultrasound Finding.
Touma said it was just the way shadows fell in that particular image that created the "face," which bears a slight resemblance to Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream.