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Luminous lumina

Glowing internal organs
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Manufacture a liquid containing a highly luminous substance as found in bioluminescent organisms which can either be drunk or administered as an enema that leads to sufficiently luminous innards to be visible from outside the body. This would be not only entertaining, but would also provide a less hazardous alternative to a barium enema, which uses very strong X-rays.
Also, it could save electricity because you wouldn't need to have the lights on as much.
nineteenthly, Mar 26 2005

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       "leads to sufficiently luminous innards to be visible from outside the body"   

       Given that we're not particularly transparent to visible wavelengths of light I'm guessing that you're going to have to swallow something not only really nasty but so far beyond our technology that it's looking like magic from here.
st3f, Mar 26 2005
  

       Stand in front of the strongest floodlight you can find, and see how much light comes through.
Detly, Mar 26 2005
  

       The floodlight has to penetrate through a whole body to be visible, but this would only have to penetrate the layers between the organ concerned and the surface. It is actually possible to transilluminate parts of the body from within, such as facial sinuses. There are circus acts where people swallow fluorescent tubes which are then visible from outside. Also, after some time spent in total darkness, the eyes become much more sensitive, to the extent that just a few photons are visible. Moreover, on the medical imaging side, it needn't be a human eye detecting the light, but a more sensitive device. So far as the substance required is concerned, there are animals living deep in the oceans that use opaque pigments to disguise the luminous contents of their prey in their bodies.
However, suppose it does turn out to be impossible. How about a flexible fluorescent tube that can be inserted in the appropriate orifice?
nineteenthly, Mar 26 2005
  

       "How about a flexible fluorescent tube that can be inserted in the appropriate orifice?"   

       Wow.
Basepair, Mar 27 2005
  

       basepair, you aren't secretly Leonard of Quirm are you?   

       Uhhhhgggg. Swallowing the equivelent of a magnesium flare. Do you like yours well done to crispy?
DesertFox, Mar 27 2005
  

       OK, so you might end up roasted inside, but at least you wouldn't get cancer.
nineteenthly, Mar 27 2005
  

       "basepair, you aren't secretly Leonard of Quirm are you". Well, I am indeed of indeterminate age, but my parents always told me I was from Redhill rather than Quirm. I will look into this further....
Basepair, Mar 28 2005
  

       Luminosity... you got some spleenin to do.   

       [nineteenthly] I've bunned you for the detailed and calm rebuttal in your anno above.   

       As Australia's own synchrotron nears completion, I've been trying to think of possible commercial uses in addition to the current well known ones. Your idea has led me to establish "Consul's Beam Lime Bum Illumination Inc". Remove your clothes, bend over and back up to that visible high intensity photon beam - you'll light up from inside like a lava lamp! (if it gets too hot, open your mouth and let some pass right through!) Dr Consul should be able to diagnose swollen prostates without all that messy digital probing....
ConsulFlaminicus, Mar 29 2005
  

       Why, Mr UptheBumma! I'd recognise that face anywhere! Those cheeks! That lovely smile! That fuzzy beard!
ConsulFlaminicus, Mar 29 2005
  

       I've had to drink Barium before, it was nasty, even thought they put chocolate flavoring in it. And you have to consume soo much of the stuff...
BJS, Dec 27 2007
  

       So people can see your arse in the dark!? I believe that evolution would weed that genetic modification out in no time... or not. Hmmm, bioluminescent belly chicks would be so hot!
quantum_flux, Dec 28 2007
  

       I had a barium enema once, and i was mainly distressed by the dosage of X-rays necessary to get through the pelvis and image the colon. It's ridiculously large. Now, if there was some kind of highly luminous fluid which could be used instead, the colon could be imaged directly through the abdomen. In fact, a sufficiently sensitive photon detector could use something weaker.
nineteenthly, Dec 28 2007
  

       Sure beats a Barry M enema, though. High levels of aural toxicity, and you shit base and mascara for weeks.
4whom, Dec 30 2007
  

       I've got it. You insert a flaccid sausage-shaped balloon, then fill it with glowstick stuff. How would you make it flash?
nineteenthly, Jul 27 2008
  

       //How would you make it flash?//   

       You'd have to be a flasher.
Loris, Jul 27 2008
  

       Right, I hereby suggest that my neon balloon thought (I hesitate to dignify it by calling it an idea) could be added to this idea with one of those balloon animal things to enable this to happen. Also, you could fart neon.
nineteenthly, Mar 12 2017
  
      
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