New York: The first medical scanner in the world that can capture a 3D image of the entire human body at a glance in just 20 to 30 seconds, has produced its first research, say, scientists, pointing out that technology can help improve diagnosis of progression of disease progression in new drug research. Called EXPLORER, the scanner combines positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computerized tomography (CT) and can produce an image up to 40 times faster. The machine also captures radiation much more efficiently than other scanners. "There is no other device that can get such information in people, so it's really a novel," he said.
The first images taken by people using a new device will be shown at the upcoming meeting of the North American Radiological Society in Chicago. According to Cherry, EXPLORER will have a profound impact on clinical research and patient care because the first scan scanner will be able to assess what is happening in all organs and body tissues at the same time. The machine can also quantitatively measure the flow of blood or how the body takes glucose everywhere in the body. (IANS)