Using technology developed by CERN, a New Zealand company has successfully scanned a human body and produced a 3D, color image. This advance could have major implications for the entire medical field.
This result is the result of cooperation between the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and MARS Bioimaging Ltd, based in New Zealand. It took more than 20 years of research to develop this technology.
Unsurpassed image quality
The system depends on Medipex3, a chip dedicated to microscopic, or even nanoscopic, imaging. The device works as a pixel detector, similar to how a camera works. The current version is the third generation of the technology, which provides resolution and contrast results never before achieved in medical imaging, a field accustomed to simple black and white images.
After obtaining a licensing agreement, MARS Bioimaging Ltd developed and commercialized A 3D scanner Relying on Medipix3. I linked it to a set of data processing algorithms to achieve it 3D and colorful imagesWhich makes it possible to distinguish between different components of the human body. For example, in the illustration above, we can specifically recognize the bones and soft tissues of the wrist (and the watch, but we can also see them with the naked eye).
Facilitating the doctor's analysis
According to the researchers, such progress in medical imaging is a great asset. According to the first results, such 3D modeling will actually make it possible to create them More reliable diagnosticsThus providing a treatment more adapted to the patient's real situation.
The 3D scanner has already been used in the context of vascular diseases and cancers as well as to study bone and joint health. To allow this innovation to be disseminated more widely, A clinical trial will be conducted soon In New Zealand, on orthopedic and rheumatic patients.
source : CERN
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