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Tomography of the human body has reached a new level. Now it will be very fast and three-dimensional.
Scientists from the University of California at Davis with their Chinese counterparts from United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) created the EXPLORER, which is the world's first medical scanner that can create a three-dimensional picture of the entire human body. This is a full-scale scanner that combines the functions of the current positron emission tomographs (PET) and computed tomography.
For the first time in the history of medicine, the tomograph will be able to assess what is happening in all organs and tissues of the body at the same time. For example, using the system, it will be possible to comprehensively examine the circulatory system or see how the body absorbs glucose throughout the body.
According to the developers of the new scanner, the use of this technology is almost unlimited. It can be used to improve the diagnosis of diseases, and to research new drugs.
The unique device works almost 40 times faster than modern PET. The scan quality of the EXPLORER is many times greater than all modern analog systems, and it takes no more than 20-30 seconds to quickly scan the entire body, due to which the patient receives the minimum dose of radiation. And with higher sensitivity, physicians can get images at the molecular level, which is completely unavailable for current devices.