New X-ray technology produces striking 3D images in full color

Pearl Mccarthy
July 16, 2018

Scientists in New Zealand has performed the first ever 3D colour X-ray on humans, with the support of CERN physics lab. 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.

The Medipix3 chip is the most advanced chip available today and Professor Phil Butler recognises that "this technology sets the machine apart diagnostically because its small pixels and accurate energy resolution mean that this new imaging tool is able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve". MBI works closely with customers to provide a wide range of spectral imaging solutions for applications ranging from cancer detection to development of novel contrast agents.

This technology is produced by a New Zealand-based company, MARS Bioimaging, with contacting the University of Otago and the University of Canterbury.

An innovative device capable of making three dimensional color images of high resolution and high accuracy drawing details. The system then analyzes the spectroscopic data with algorithms, creating a three-dimensional color image.

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According to a report by News18, the new device is based on the traditional black-and-white X-ray technology, which incorporates CERN's particle-tracking technology. This enhanced technology should help doctors to make a much more accurate diagnosis for each of their patients who have been scanned with the 3D color x-ray scanner.

"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", Anthony Butler concluded in the statement. The technology has been in use for more than a century, but now, a team of engineers developed a colored X-ray scanner - one that takes ultra-fine photographs of not just your bones but also of your muscles and tissues.

The scanner will be used in world first clinical trials involving Rheumatology and orthopedic patients in forthcoming months.

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