MRI scans of sushi


16 Responses to “MRI scans of sushi”

  1. MitchSchaft says:

    @ #11

    Trevor, thanks for this! I have recently “discovered” sushi and love everything about it. I’m now following you on twitter and look forward to learning a LOT.

  2. Cactaur says:

    If nothing else you get a more filling meal with the robot sushi.

  3. Manooshi says:

    “The third nigiri was made by the robot…”

    Huh? What robot? Robots make sushi now? Anyway, I was waiting for the article to say that the MRI scan saw some micro-organisms living within the sushi host.

    Don’t get me wrong: sushi is my FAVORITE.

  4. ackpht says:

    Alas, the development of burrito robots is not nearly as advanced.

  5. Jorgebob says:

    This is hilarious! Did the author read about this in the Japanese comic book Oishinbo back in the ’80s? This was a technique used by the hero to expose an arrogant, overbearing sushi chef who had succumbed to money and fame. The hero takes the chef’s sushi and compares it to sushi made by an old master who owns an unpretentious sushi shop by using a CAT scanner. The old man was once famous but he escaped the “foodies” and media and secretly opened up a small shop in a old Tokyo neighborhood to concentrate on his trade.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sadly, we don’t have awesome sushi making robots in the US.

  7. Tenn says:

    Apropos, as I had delicious Unagi tonight at Piranha’s in Dallas. A -very- good sushi Restaurant. Wasn’t sticky at all. They also have devilishly good martinis.

    I am blessed to be so near the Metroplex. Around here, you can get authentic- or the closest to authentic in America- food from all over the world.

  8. Takuan says:

    so, a machine that aligns grains and extrudes them in a continuous run? (ow! ow! stop hitting me!)

  9. Trevor Corson says:

    Jorgebob, right on! I know and love that story in Oishinbo. While the Oishingo sushi-scanning project was fictional, the one I blogged about was real, conducted by the researcher mentioned above in the post, Uhei Naruse, and reported his scholarly book on sushi, Sushi no Unchiku, Umasa no Himitsu すしの蘊蓄甘さの秘密 [Knowledge of Sushi and the Secrets of Taste]. I first read about Naruse’s real experiment and later ran across the Oishinbo story. I don’t know if one inspired the other, that would be fascinating to find out. An interesting footnote: unlike the Oishinbo episode, in his real experiments Naruse tried both CAT scans and MRI scans and found the CAT scan didn’t provide good-enough quality images of the sushi, only the MRI scans did.

  10. MadMolecule says:

    By the way, in the top photos the order is reversed; the one at left is made by the robot.

  11. nettleteadesign says:

    Where in the USA are you? We have incredible, “AUTHENTIC” sushi in the Northwest…

    Specifically where I am.. .. .

  12. fencesitter says:

    MRI sure sounds like overkill, but I guess CAT isn’t any more so. What happened to the good old fashionedfreezing and sectioning (I guess it’s called cryosectioning)?

    Or you can do all three.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Slow day in the lab? I guess no one was waiting for an important diagnostic test.

  14. Anonymous says:

    We’ve had sushi making robots in the US since 1984. Didn’t you ever see Runaway? “Hai! You wan’ sushi?”

  15. Takuan says:

    s’not Big Science until they take some kappa maki to CERN and use the LHC.

  16. Trevor Corson says:

    Actually, one of the dirty little secrets is that we do have sushi robots in the US, they’re just kept hidden in the back rooms and basements of the restaurants, for making takeout sushi. More on that in my book, The Story of Sushi.

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