If I ask you to imagine a X-Ray, a high-contrast, black-and-white image of bones on a black plastic sheet will appears in your mind. But things are ready to change. Thanks to the brilliant scientists at CERN and a New Zealand-based company MARS that after 120+ years x-ray imaging is getting a remarkable update. MARS come up with the World’s First Full-Color 3D X-rays scanner of the insides of a human body called Medipix3.
Professors Phil and Anthony Butler aren’t just father and son, but are also business partners of MARS . They spent a decade perfecting it before they could finally achieve 3D images of the innards of the human body.
Medipix3 is a technology that changes the black and white X-ray into a 3D full-color images. Medipix3 is a new type of medical imaging scanner. Medipix3 is a family of read-out chips for particle imaging and detection.
If we talk about how this new technology differentiate the old one, then in old technology the x-rays travel through your body, the rays are absorbed by denser materials (bones) and pass right through softer ones (muscles and other tissues). The places where the x-rays couldn’t pass through appear solid white where as the x-rays that pass through unimpeded hit a film on the opposite side of your body appears black on sheet.
In new technology the Medipix3, does not record the moments of x-rays whether it is passing through the body or getting absorbed by the bone. It consist of a scanner that records the the precise energy levels of the x-rays as they hit each particle in your body. It detect the change in wavelengths as x-rays pass through different materials in the body, which help to differentiate bone, muscle, fat, liquids, and all the other parts of the human body.
Medipix3 translates the fluctuations into different colors representing your bones, muscles, and other tissues. Medipix3 works on the sensor in digital camera and detects and counts the particles hitting each pixel when a shutter opens. It borrows technology developed for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to produce far more detailed results.
According to Phil Butler said in a CERN news release 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.
The technology is being commercialised by New Zealand company Mars Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Otago and Canterbury, which helped develop it. Researchers plans to test out their scanner in a trial focused on orthopedic and rheumatology patients in New Zealand. Though all goes well with that trial, it could still be years before the device secures the regulatory approval.
If you looking more information about Medipix3 head over to CERN’s Medipix Page
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