A University of California Davis-developed medical imaging scanner has produced the first 3D picture of the whole human body at once.
The scanner, known as the Explorer, is a combination of a positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT). It is able to image the entire body using both scanning methods and can produce the image in as little as one second. Over time, Explorer can make videos that can track specially tagged drugs as they move through the body.
UC Davis scientists Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi developed the scanner and suggest that the technology could be used in a number of applications that include improving diagnostics, tracking disease progression and researching new drug therapies. Explorer was developed in a partnership with Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare and will manufacture the devices for a broader healthcare market.