A high-contrast, black-and-white image of your bones is an effective tool for spotting fractures or breaks.
After 120+ years since x-rays were invented the imaging technique is getting a remarkable update with 3D, full-color images that reveal far more than just the bones inside you.
These images will improve what a doctor can diagnose without cutting you open.
A New Zealand company, Mars Bioimaging has developed a new type of medical imaging scanner that works in a similar fashion, but borrows technology developed for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to produce far more detailed results.
The Medipix3 chip works similar to the sensor in your digital camera, but it detects and counts the particles hitting each pixel when a shutter opens.
The Medipix3 chip is enhanced with custom data-processing and scanner algorithms that detect the change in wavelengths as x-rays pass through different materials in the body.
This allows the scanner to differentiate bone, muscle, fat, liquids, and all the other material in the human body, while additional software uses that data to produce stunning full-color images that allow a three-dimensional view of the inside of the body.
A smaller version of the 3D scanner that’s been used for studying cancer and vascular diseases is already yielding promising results, and thanks to the licensing agreement between CERN and MARS, the technology will be commercialized.
The scanner will be used in world first clinical trials involving Rheumatology and orthopedic patients in forthcoming months.
Watch the Video Below to Learn More About the 3D Xray Machine
Video Credit : Engadget
Author : Brian Gachie