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Video: An MRI of Heterosexual Intercourse (NSFW)

Have you ever wondered what sex looks like on the inside? In 1999, Dr. Pek van Andel of the University Hospital in Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleages recruited 8 heterosexual couples who agreed to have penetrative vaginal sex under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The purpose of the experiement was to "find out whether taking images of the male and female genitals during coitus is feasible and to find out whether former and current ideas about the anatomy during sexual intercourse and during female sexual arousal are based on assumptions or on facts." They published their results, entitled Magnetic resonance imaging of male and female genitals during coitus and female sexual arousal, in the British Medical Journal.

In 2000, Dr. van Andel and his colleagues were awarded an Ignoble Prize for their research. Ignoble Prizes, awarded annually at the same time Nobel Prize winners are announced, are given for research projects that "first make people laugh, and then make them think." What do you think? We think it looks pretty much like we expected. We also think that an MRI scanner is already a pretty tight space for one person (much less two), but then again, the human body is remarkably adaptable—especially when it comes to sex. That scanner is pretty suggestive looking, too. Watch the NSFW video of MRI sex after the jump.

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