The safety pin became lodged in her oesophagus after opening in her throat.
The coloured X-ray is among a host of scans that will have you scratching your head and wondering why someone would swallow anything other than food.
Sadly, as weird and fascinating they are to look at, the pictures do not come with an explanation.
They include a patient who swallowed two forks - plus a toothbrush and a ballpoint pen.
Luckily the surgeon had a knife to cut the cutlery out with.
Some scans – like the severed finger and nail through a hand – are more horrific than hilarious, however.
X-rays were first observed and documented in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German scientist who found them quite by accident when experimenting with vacuum tubes. X-rays are, like light and radio waves, a form of electromagnetic radiation.
CT scanning is a further development of the use of X-ray. Using a sophisticated scanner connected to a computer, it is possible to construct a series of pictures that look at the living body in cross-section.
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