- Odd News
By Eddie Wrenn
PUBLISHED: 06:45 EST, 7 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:15 EST, 7 December 2012
No-one - children and adults alike - can help but get excited when they see presents under the tree.
And surely most of us have been tempted in the weeks before Christmas to hunt in cupboards to see where the presents are hidden, or give a wrapped parcel a quick shake,
But one excited radiologist, 41 years young, could not stand the wait anymore - so he placed his presents into an X-ray machine to see what secrets he could unearth.
And what Hugh Turvey, the British Institute of Radiology artist in
residence, discovered inside is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Can't bear the wait? Radiologist Hugh Turvey took a sneak peak under the tree using his X-ray machine
Someone's getting a motorbike Christmas! This coloured x-ray shows a remote control 'quadracycle'
Something for the adults... One family can tuck into this hamper, containing wine bottles (far left and far right), biscuits (bottom right), a jar of chutney (bottom left), chocolate stars (upper left) and a small Christmas pudding
Romantic: This pretty gift box contains a necklace, which will bring a tear to someone's eye on Christmas morning (unless they've already peeked)
Another gift sniffed out: A bottle of perfume is revealed inside
From the inner workings of an iPad, to the anatomy of the humble teddy bear, these pictures show the secret presents in store.
Hugh created the images, which he calls Xograms, by exposing each object to photons for up to a minute in an X-Ray machine.
He said: “My pictures show a selection of wrapped presents revealed using x-ray technology.
'I thought to myself - haven’t we all guessed and speculated over what we were getting in our presents?
“I was also curious to see how much the packaging accounted for the overall volume of the presents.'
He added: “I have been working with x-ray for over 20 years and never get tired of seeing things I shouldn’t.
“So I put on what I call my my x-ray specs and had a sneaky peek. I wondered whether someone had tried to hide the identity of a present by packing it in a different shape box.
“I guess the only challenge will be looking surprised on Christmas day when I’m opening my presents.”
A Christmas staple these last few years: One lucky child will be buzzing the living room and breaking ornaments with this remote controlled helicopter
Just crackers! Even the smallest of gifts cannot escape the gaze of the X-Ray machine
Still a mystery? A set of golf-tees can be seen in the right cracker - but you might need to pull the cracker to discover what the other two are
Switching focus: The X-Ray machine picks up a digital camera in this parcel, with a trusty USB cable at the top of the box
Time for a soak: After the hectic stress of the day is complete, one lucky person can relax with this body lotion set
Chips with your tablet: Here's one of Christmas's most-wanted gifts - an iPad under the tree
Put your feet up: A pair of slippers go under the X-ray gaze as Christmas comes early