the world's first full-color, 3D X-ray shows far more than just your bones

the world's first full-color, 3D X-ray shows far more than just your bones

new zealand-based MARS bioimaging has developed the world’s first full-color, 3D X-ray. dubbed the ‘MARS scanner’, the tech uses a collection of specially developed chips which like a camera, capture each individual particle in the human body.

the world's first full-color, 3D X-ray shows far more than just your bones

images courtesy of MARS bioimaging unless stated otherwise



the ‘medipix‘ chips work like pixel detectors, which are able to relay color information, allowing the MARS machine to formulate a 3D model of the human body. the final image produces is strikingly accurate, distinguishing between bone, cartilage, soft tissue and metal. in an example published by the company, an ankle slice through, taken by the MARS scanner shows the different colours of bone in white, and soft tissue and muscle in red.

the world's first full-color, 3D X-ray shows far more than just your bones



the father and son duo behind MARS bioimaging developed the tech over a decade in collaboration with the universities of canterbury and otago. the scanning systems uses technology originally developed at CERN (the european organization for nuclear research), enhanced with custom data-processing algorithms, can detect the change in wavelengths as x-rays pass through different materials in the body.


image courtesy of medipix



according to the company, MARS bioimaging ltd plans to commercialize the scanner in the future. up until this point it has  been used to study cancer, vascular diseases that lead to strokes and heart attacks, and bone and joint health.


videos courtesy of MARS bioimaging


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