These pictures show how accurately the new scanner, developed specifically for hand and wrist imaging, can monitor bone healing following a fracture. The images not only show the evolution of metal implants but also visualise blood vessels without any use of contrast agents. Compared to existing technologies, images of such precision would allow significant progress to be made in diagnosing hand and wrist fractures, and monitoring the healing process, according to Anthony Butler, President of MARS Bioimaging.
These images were part of a first demonstration that will soon lead to larger scale international clinical trials, which will take place within the Pacific Radiology Group, New Zealand's largest radiology service provider, and at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), where a wrist scanner is expected to be installed in the coming months.
“Spectroscopy imaging is at the heart of Medipix3 chips, allowing for X-ray colour imaging,” explains Aurélie Pezous, from CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group. “This is a great step forward for this technology as well as a source of pride for CERN and the Medipix3 collaboration.”