Image description: Human teratoma, 60x magnification, immunofluorescent confocal microscopy on Olympus IX81 with a Fluoview 1000 confocal head. Note the simple columnar epithelium with goblet cells (reminiscent of intestinal epithelium) and extensive vasculature. Image taken at the Center for Biologic Imaging (CBI). The tumor specimen is, in fact, my own. I had a softball-sized mature cystic teratoma on my ovary and it was removed during emergency surgery. See the comments section if you’d like the whole (fun!) story. Remember…I worked in an imaging lab…that’s why I was able to take the specimen with me and image it at the lab. What scientist could resist the chance to image something so cool and uncommon??? Not me, that’s for sure! And don’t worry…the lab thought it was cool, not gross.
P.S. They mention a teratoma in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Don’t believe me? Watch the dinner scene towards the end where the parents meet each other. The aunt talks about her friend who had one on her neck. Dead serious about that.