Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) said today that researchers at the Naturalis museum in Leiden, Netherlands used its IQon CT scanner to closely examine the tail vertebrae of a 66 million year-old T-Rex named Trix.
Philips’ IQon scanner is the 1st detector-based spectral CT, using a dual-layer detector and advanced spectral reconstruction to compose a detailed image. Researchers from the museum hoped that the instrument could provide more detail than images from a traditional CT.
“The IQon filters out all the ‘noise,’ as it were, thereby providing a really good insight into the bone structure and how it is built up,” Naturalis paleontologist and dinosaur expert Anne Schulp said in prepared remarks. “It’s basically making the step from black and white movies to color. In this way, we are able to add depth to Trix’s medical records: we make the invisible visible. It’s just really hard to describe the sensation of finding something, seeing something that no one else has ever seen.”