Simon Cherry (left) and Ramsey Badawi standing infront of ‘Explorer’ scanner. The newly invented device for the first time can scan the full human body at a time. (Image: Lisa Howard/UC Davis)
World’s first full body scanner has just been unveiled. It is capable to take x-ray images 40 times faster than the ordinary scanners.
For medical purposes, everyday millions of people worldwide pay visits to medical centers for x-rays. If someone has multiple health issues, then the process have to be done that many times. It’s understandable how irritating that is for the patient. After years of researches, scientists from United States have invented and made up a scanner that can capture x-ray images of not only multiple organs, but of the entire body. This specialized scanner which can explore any part of the human body has been named ‘Explorer’.
Through ‘Explorer’, 3D images of full body can be taken in just 20-30 seconds. Scientists are hoping that with this new technology, researching on diseases, even of complicated kinds will get an easier direction. Thus exploration for their treatments and medicines would get a boost.
In this new machine, the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and x-ray Computed Tomography (CT) have been combinedly used. That enables the device to get images 40 times faster.
And not only x-ray, the ‘Explorer’ device can capture radiation maps too.
Ramsey Badawi, the chief of the Nuclear Medicine department of University of California said, “The level of detail was astonishing… 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.”
He added, “There is no other device that can obtain data like this in humans, so this is truly novel.”
The first images generated by this device will be displayed at the upcoming Radiological Society of North America’s conference to be held in Chicago.
Ramsey Badawi and Simon Cherry, another professor from University of California had first bought the concept of inventing full-body scanner 13 years ago.
Professor Cherry commented that Explorer will have a deep impact on medical research and patient care. He mentioned the reason as for the first time through explorer the every latest position, condition and movement of any organ or tissue can be evaluated.
Mr. Cherry added, “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.”
Moreover, the Explorer can not only produces the images of internal organs, it also generates diagrams of blood flows and how glucose moves all over the body.
Scientists are hoping that Explorer will help further researching on cancers that had spread all over the body, metabolic disorders, infection, inflammation and many more health issues.
Watch the 3d diagram of full human body taken for the first time by ‘Explorer’ scanner: