After more than 10 years of research, scientists were able to create the world’s first full-sized medical scanner, which you can use to obtain three-dimensional images of the human body. Unique device works almost 40 times faster than existing positron emission tomography (PET).
The device is called EXPLORER. This full-scale scanner that combines the functions of PET and computed tomography.
The quality of the scan EXPLORER surpasses all modern systems-analogues, with a quick whole-body scan takes no more than 20-30 seconds, whereby the patient receives a minimal dose of radiation. And with a higher sensitivity, doctors can obtain images at the molecular level, which is absolutely not available for existing devices. However a thorough scan will take a little more time.
With the emergence of the market EXPLORER doctors will get a new kind of diagnostic imaging, which can be used, for example, to measure blood flow or to record the absorption of glucose in the entire body in real time. The device should pass a number of tests and inspections before it will start mass production.
Source — UC Davis