X-rays are amazing tools for diagnosing problems within the human body and further afield. Now new CERN technology could improve accuracy of medical diagnoses thanks to the introduction of the very first colour 3D x-rays. A New Zealand company has created the very first scanner capable of creating 3D colour x-ray images of the human body. The scanner has been in development for over 10 years and utilises CERN’s Medipix technology.
“Medipix is a family of read-out chips for particle imaging and detection. The original concept of Medipix is that it works like a camera, detecting and counting each individual particle hitting the pixels when its electronic shutter is open. This enables high-resolution, high-contrast, very reliable images, making it unique for imaging applications in particular in the medical field.”
The new device, based on the traditional black-and-white X-ray, incorporates particle-tracking technology developed for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle. “This colour X-ray imaging technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses,” said a CERN statement.
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