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First medical imaging scanner of the world that is called EXPLORER has captured a 3-D picture of the whole human body. It is a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner that can image the entire body at the same time.
The machine captures radiation far more efficiently than other scanners, so 3-D EXPLORER scanner can produce an image in as little as one second and, over time, produce movies that can track specially tagged drugs as they move around the entire body.
According to medicalxpress.com the researchers expect the technology will have countless applications, from improving diagnostics to tracking disease progression to researching new drug therapies.
“While I had imagined what the images would look like for years, nothing prepared me for the incredible detail we could see on that first scan,” said Cherry, distinguished professor in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering. “While there is still a lot of careful analysis to do, I think we already know that EXPLORER is delivering roughly what we had promised”.
The first images from scans of humans that have been captured will be shown at the upcoming Radiological Society of North America meeting, which starts on Nov. 24th in Chicago.
According to medicalxpress.com [The scanner has been developed in partnership with Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare (UIH), which built the system based on its latest technology platform and will eventually manufacture the devices for the broader healthcare market].
“The level of detail was astonishing, especially once we got the reconstruction method a bit more optimized,” he said. “We could see features that you just don’t see on regular PET scans. And the dynamic sequence showing the radiotracer moving around the body in three dimensions over time was, frankly, mind-blowing. There is no other device that can obtain data like this in humans, so this is truly novel.”
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