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Scientists Perform World’s First 3D, Colour X-ray on Human Body

Published on July 16, 2018
Medical diagnostics field witnesses a new breakthrough.Scientists from New Zealand have performed world’s first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human.
Scientists Perform World’s First 3D, Colour X-ray on Human Body
  • It has potential to improve the field of medical diagnostics.
  • The new device is based on the traditional black-and-white X-ray but incorporates particle-tracking technology called Medipix developed by European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

About the technology:

  • The Medipix technology developed by CERN works like camera detecting and counting individual sub-atomic particles as they collide with pixels while its shutter is open.
  • This allows for high-resolution, high-contrast pictures.
  • Its small pixels and accurate energy resolution makes this new imaging tool able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve.
  • The technology is being commercialised by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Canterbury and Otago which helped develop it.

What is the significance of this technology?

  • This colour X-ray imaging technique can produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnosis.
  • The images very clearly show difference between bone, muscle and cartilage and also the position and size of cancerous tumours.
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