However, New Zealand scientists are set to revolutionise traditional black and white imaging through the use of particle-tracking technology. The electromagnetic radiation has a shorter wavelength as compared to visible light, so it would pass soft tissues easily but failed to pass through harder elements like bones.
New medical equipment uses the Medipix3 technology, which was developed at CERN - the European organization for nuclear research, according to "NV", referring to Popular Mechanics. CERN is famous for hunting the Higgs boson, also known as the "God particle", with the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator. This colour X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses. This allows a higher resolution, allowing higher contrast variations.
Phil and Anthony Butler, a father and son team in New Zealand who teach physics and bioengineering, respectively, have been developing the technology for a decade through their company MARS Bioimaging. As this happens, a sophisticated algorithm uses that information to produce a 3D image with different colors representing different materials scanned.
The MARS system is a medical scanner that captures the human body with astonishing detail.
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"X-ray spectral information allows health professionals to measure the different components of body parts such as fat, water, calcium, and disease markers".
"In all of these studies, promising early results suggest that when spectral imaging is routinely used in clinics it will enable more accurate diagnosis and personalization of treatment". In the case of the 3D scanner, a license agreement has been established between CERN, on behalf of Medipix3 collaboration and MARS Bioimaging Ltd. "Real-life applications such as this one fuels our efforts to reach even further".
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The scanner will be used in world first clinical trials involving Rheumatology and orthopedic patients in forthcoming months.
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