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Medical Breakthrough: First-ever 3-D Colour X-ray performed on a human


Medical Breakthrough: First-ever 3-D Colour  X-ray performed on a human

The machine’s “small pixels and accurate energy resolution meant that this new imaging tool is able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve,” said developer Phil Butler of the University of Canterbury.

Paris:  New Zealand scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human, using a technique that promises to improve the field of medical diagnostics, said Europe’s CERN physics lab which contributed imaging technology.

The new device, based on the traditional black-and-white X-ray, incorporates particle-tracking technology developed for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

“This colour X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses,” said a CERN statement.

The CERN technology, dubbed Medipix, works like a 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.

The machine’s “small pixels and accurate energy resolution meant that this new imaging tool is able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve,” said developer Phil Butler of the University of Canterbury.

According to the CERN, the images very clearly show the difference between bone, muscle and cartilage, but also the position and size of cancerous tumours, for example.

The technology is being commercialised by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Otago and Canterbury which helped develop it.



Source: PTI
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    Dr Ramesh Vardhan July 15, 2018, 9:07 am

    Sounds great , we have to wait until it is made available starting from secondary health care level onwards. Why can\’t our research institutions like IISc, DRDO, BARC, BEL , come out such simple devices .

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    Dr T K Hemanth July 15, 2018, 10:23 am

    Fantastic achievement NZ. Congratulations.
    Dr T K Hemanth
    Former Radiation Oncologist in NZ (now retired)

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    Dr Rabindra Nath Bhattacharyya July 14, 2018, 2:56 pm

    Highly appreciable .In India should be patient friendly when available.