New Zealand researchers have made the very first color and 3D X-ray of different parts of a human body. A technological revolution that could allow more accurate diagnoses.
Thanks to the prowess of these New Zealand scientists, it may be the end of traditional black and white and 2-dimensional X-rays that have been around for over a century.
Indeed, they have tried for the first time to perform 3D and color radiographs of different parts of the human body.
Clearer and more accurate images
Developed in New Zealand, this new device based on black-and-white radiography incorporates European technology: that of particle tracking developed for CERN's Large L Accelerator (Large Hadron Collider) (European Council). for nuclear research). It is this famous technology which made it possible to discover in 2012 the Boson of Higgs, the particle which gives their mass to all the other particles of our universe.
"This color X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer, more accurate images and help doctors provide more accurate diagnoses to their patients," CERN said in a statement. The images, provided by CERN, very clearly show the difference between bone, muscle and cartilage and according to the research center, the position and size of the cancerous tumors.
The same principle as the camera
But how does this technology, called Medipix work? Like a camera: it detects and counts individual subatomic particles when they collide with pixels while their electronic shutter is open.
Realizing high-resolution, high-contrast images, this new imaging tool provides shots that no other camera can achieve, says developer Phil Butler, of Canterbury University, New Zealand.
Called "Spectral CT", this new 3D scanner is already marketed by the New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging Ltd. In a few months, he will be the subject of a first clinical trial on patients in orthopedics and rheumatology in New Zealand. If the tests are successful, it may well gradually replace older 2D X-ray machines in medical facilities.