MARS Bioimaging has completed a 10-year project to create a medical scanner with amazing parameters for the accuracy of displaying the internal parts of the body. At the heart of the MARS system is technology from CERN that uses X-rays on new principles. The result was the world's first three-dimensional and color images of human bones, organs and tissues.
The heart of the scanner is the Spectral CT sensor, which measures specific wavelengths of X-rays as it travels through various materials. The obtained spectroscopic data are converted by special algorithms into a 3D model that can be viewed on a monitor. It uses the Medipix chips, the next generation of the devices used at the Large Hadron Collider to track subatomic particles. Each chip is responsible for processing an individual particle - according to scientists from CERN, no other instrument in the world is capable of this.
Extreme accuracy in measurements allows you to distinguish, highlight and paint the smallest details in different colors for clarity. Show not just flesh and bone, but fat, layers of skin, nerve fibers and the movement of particles in blood vessels. In the experiment with scanning the wrist with a wristwatch, it was possible to partially see its internal structure, despite the fact that the case material shields the radiation.
The scanner relatively easily identifies pathologies, helps doctors see defects in joints, bone diseases, and find cancerous tumors. Over the next few months, MARS will be extensively tested on real patients in the orthopedic and rheumatology departments of several hospitals in New Zealand to validate the scanner's performance in the field. And if all goes well, the technology will be commercialized.