Mars Bioimaging, New Zealand, has unveiled the Mars Microlab 5X120 medical device, the first commercial 3D color X-ray scanner. A feasibility study has been drawn up, and clinical trials will begin next year in dozens of countries around the world. The time has come to forget about flat black-and-white images and adopt new, perfect methods of internal diagnostics.
3D X-ray scanning technology allows you to analyze the behavior of each photon that hits each pixel of the sensor in order to understand their interaction with body tissues down to individual atoms. This is no exaggeration, since the scanner is based on the Medipix3 chip, developed at CERN for the Large Hadron Collider, where the highest measurement accuracy was required. Decades of development should pay off, technology needs to be used as much as possible, so back in 2018, a test scan of the human body was carried out.
The merit of Mars Bioimaging in the creation of an applied tool, a compact medical scanner based on the Medipix3 chip. The device has dimensions 1x1, 4x0, 75 m. The chip processes the collected data and builds a 3D model, automatically recognizing and dyeing individual fabrics in different colors. Bones are white, fat is yellow, muscles are pink, and implants are green or blue, plus you can even see the location of small blood vessels with it.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of the novelty, a scan was carried out on patients with a fracture of the scaphoid bone - a small bone in the palm of the hand that often suffers from a hard landing on the hands. A scan was performed one month after the fracture to analyze the healing process, and in all cases, abnormalities were revealed, such as displacements, the presence of bone fragments, sclerosis, etc. Such an accurate diagnosis helped doctors adjust treatment and avoid complications - this is the purpose of the new scanner.