The distressed face with a gaping mouth was spotted in the ultrasound scan of a 45-year-old man who had been suffering from testicular pain.
It made such an impact on Dr Greg Roberts and Dr Naji Touma from Queen's University in Ontario, that they submitted the startling image to the journal Urology
Startling scan: A ghostly face, with a wide open eye on the right of the image and gaping mouth below, can clearly be seen in this ultrasound
It was accepted in September for that month's picture feature of a unique case.
Under the title 'The Face of Testicular Pain', the authors wrote: 'The residents and staff alike were amazed to see the outline of a man’s face staring up out of the image, his mouth agape as if the face seen on the ultrasound scan itself was also experiencing severe epididymo-orchitis.'
However, they said after a discussion over whether it could be a sign from a deity, such as 'Min' the Egyptian god of male virility, they concluded it was a 'mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation.'