[dropcap]S[/dropcap]cientists from New Zealand recently performed the first-ever 3-D, color X-ray on a human body.
Developed by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, the new device called Medipix, works like a camera, collecting individual sub-atomic particles as they rapidly collide with pixels when its shutter is open.
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.
The Medipix is unique because it has the capability to show practitioners the difference between bone, muscle and cartilage in real time.
With this degree of advanced technology, doctors can examine the exact positioning and size of
cancerous tumors, which will help to improve the quality of physical operation as we know it.
“The machine’s small pixels and accurate energy resolution meant that this new imaging tool is able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve,” Phil Butler, a developer at the University of Canterbury, said.
The technology is being commercialised by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Otago and Canterbury which helped develop it.