A new milestone in medicine: Created the world's first whole body scanner
Researchers and scientists from the University of California at Davis with their Chinese counterparts from the company United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) to create a device the EXPLORER, representing the world's first medical scanner, capable of creating a three-dimensional picture of the entire human body. In the web the first images were published by using this scanner. About to create a device according to a press release on the EurekAlert site!
EXPLORER system combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed X-ray tomography. As a result, the device has so high sensitivity that is capable of creating an image of the whole body in just a second, and with a longer use - dynamic images, which can be seen as a specially marked and entered in the organism drugs move through the body.
device concept was proposed 13 years ago, but only in 2011 started its development. Initially, the development of the US National Cancer Institute has allocated half a million dollars. In 2015, the year the US National Institutes of Health has increased the development budget by 15, 5 million dollars.
The first images obtained with the new scanner, published one of the main developers of the system Cherry Simon. According to scientists, the new device will have an invaluable contribution to clinical research. According to Cherry, compared with conventional PET, the EXPLORER makes images of higher quality and at the same time up to 40 times faster. For example, a diagnostic scan of the whole body carries out a new installation in just 20-30 seconds. Furthermore, it is noted that the radiation dose when using the new scanner, can be reduced up to 40 times, compared with PET.
For the first time in the history of medicine scanner can assess what is happening in all organs and tissues of the body simultaneously. For example, using the system will be a comprehensive study of the circulatory system, or to see how the body absorbs glucose throughout the body. According to the new scanner developers, the use of this technology is almost unlimited. It can be used to improve the diagnosis of diseases and for research into new drugs. For example, systems already considered potential use for the study of cancer and he is able to spread over the local formation (tumor).
A complete demonstration of the installation and the images obtained from the EXPLORER will be held November 24 at the meeting of the Radiological community in North America. Start applying unit for diagnosis of patients is planned in June next year.
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