It’s incredible, to say the least.
New Zealand-based MARS Bioimaging has developed the world’s first full-colour, 3D X-ray.
Called the MARS scanner, the machine was built by father and son scientists Phil and Anthony Butler in the span of a decade using tech originally used at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Here’s how it works.
The tech uses specially-developed chips called Medipix, which works like a camera.
Meaning, when the shutter is open, it captures each individual particle in the human body.
The data is then fed into the MARS scanner and its software to produce 3D renderings and colour it at the same time.
The results are unlike anything you’ve ever seen in an X-ray scan.
Images of ankles, wrists, and heels wherein you can distinguish bone from muscle from skin – and from even a wristwatch.
It’s a machine that will greatly impact how we approach medicine, improving the accuracy at which we diagnose bone and joint health, vascular diseases and even cancer.
“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 said.
The company plans to commercialise the system in the future.
But for now, it will run some more trials with a group of orthopaedic and rheumatology patients in New Zealand over the next couple of months.