Sci­en­tists take first 3D, colour X-ray of a hu­man

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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 MARS spec­tral X-ray scan­ner will rev­o­lu­tionise med­i­cal imag­ing glob­ally — es­pe­cially the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of dis­eases such as cancer and heart dis­ease — be­cause it pro­vides far greater de­tail of the body’s chem­i­cal com­po­nents.

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.

Fa­ther and son Pro­fes­sors Phil and An­thony But­ler in­vented the MARS spec­tral X-ray scan­ner.

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.

“X-ray spec­tral in­for­ma­tion al­lows health pro­fes­sion­als to mea­sure the dif­fer­ent com­po­nents of body parts such as fat, wa­ter, cal­cium, and dis­ease mark­ers.

“Tra­di­tional black-and-white X-rays only al­low mea­sure­ment of the den­sity and shape of an ob­ject,” An­thony But­ler says.

The But­lers adapted tech­nol­ogy used by the Euro­pean Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Nu­clear Re­search (CERN) in the hunt for the ‘God par­ti­cle’ into a med­i­cal scan­ner

Pic­tured is Prof Phil But­ler’s wrist (in­clud­ing his watch).

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