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Face of pain? Man's image seen in ultrasound

Doctors at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, have spotted what looks like the face of a screaming man in an ultrasound of a testicular tumour.

A mystical image or sheer coincidence? Either way, that’s one sad ‘nad.

Doctors in Canada were scanning through ultrasound images of a 45-year-old man with a painful mass in his testicles when they did a doubletake. There was a man's face staring up at them, the mouth grimacing as if he were in agony.

"It looked like a man screaming in pain, which I thought was hilarious considering the clinical picture of the poor guy," Dr. G. Gregory Roberts, School of Medicine at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, told msnbc.com.

Roberts and urologist Dr. Naji J. Touma reported their amazing discovery -- which ranks right up with the grilled cheese Madonna or pancake Jesus -- in a recent issue of the medical journal Urology.

In the article, "The Face of Testicular Pain: A Surprising Ultrasound Finding," the doctors revealed that, upon spotting the distinctive tumor, a "brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from a deity (perhaps "Min" the Egyptian god of male virility; however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation." 

People have seen holy images in all kinds of random items, but this is certainly a bizarre appearance in a gonad ultrasound.

 "Ultrasounds are just a bunch of pixels that occasionally look like recognizable things, such as faces. But I have never seen such a perfect image before," Roberts said.

 The article, which reportedly was meant as a little inside joke between urologists known more for helping guys with their erecticle dysfunction and prostate problems than rip-roaring sense of humor, has metastasized -- umm, gone viral.

Touma told the Montreal Gazette that the doctors informed the patient about the image but that he wasn't very interested in the remarkable mirage. "I think the patient was just relieved it wasn't cancer," the newspaper reported.

In the end, the patient opted for an orchiectomy (removal of the testicle) and the tumor was found to be benign.

What's the weirdest image you've ever seen in an unexpected place?