Scientists Take First Ever Color X-ray Of Human Body

Posted: Jul 13 2018, 4:13pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 13 2018, 4:26pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Scientists Take First Ever Color X-ray of Human Body
Credit: MARS Bioimaging

New 3D, color X-ray imaging technique produces clearer and more accurate pictures which can lead to more accurate diagnoses

New Zealand researchers have performed for the first time a 3D, color X-ray on a human. The new imaging technique incorporates technology developed at nuclear research center CERN and produces clearer and more accurate X-ray pictures than ever before.

X-ray or scan is the simplest and widely available form of medical imaging which is often used to examine injuries and conditions that cannot otherwise be explained. It is actually a special form of radiation. When an X-ray beam passes through a body, its photons are absorbed at different amounts depending on the density of material such as bones. Traditional X-ray shows different parts of human body in black and white color.

The new 3D color medical scanner, named MARS, is the result of a decade-long research and measures the x-ray spectrum to produce color images instead of black-and-white ones. The device is based on CERN technology, dubbed Medipix that works like a camera and detects and counts each individual particle during collisions. It allows high resolution and very reliable images that promised to have many more uses than just high-energy physics.

"It was requirements of the Large Hadron Collider which led to the development of the technology. The Medipix collaborations have adapted the technology to create new detectors which fundamentally change how x-ray images are taken and used.” Dr Michael Campbell, spokesman for the Medipix collaborations, said in an earlier statement.

The new technology will revolutionize medical imaging as it moves x-rays from black and white to color images and provides far greater detail of the body's chemical components. It produces images with improved diagnostic information and will enable doctors to offer the best advice on treatment options.

“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.” Professor Anthony Butler who invented the MARS spectral x-ray scanner said.

Professor Phil Butler, the father of Anthony, was the first person to be scanned. His ankle and wrist were imaged using new technology.

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