Radiologists Launch 3D Body Scanner

Human organs, bones and blood vessels in living patients are unveiled as never before by a new type of X-ray scanner.

The Brilliance CT machine provides stunning three-dimensional images of the inner workings of the body.

Entire organs, such as the heart and lungs, appear as if they exist outside the patient. Skeletons look uncannily real and fine structures such as networks of blood vessels can easily be seen.

Because they are in 3D, the images can be rotated and viewed from different directions.

The new CT (computerised tomography) scanner from Philips takes large numbers of X-ray pictures and feeds them into a computer. Cross sections or "slices" through the part of the body being scanned are combined together to produce the final images.

The machine uses technology which reduces the normal radiation dose to patients by up to 80%.

Source: Channel4
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