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First-ever colour X-ray on a human

AFP  |  Paris 

scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, colour on a human, using a technique that promises to improve the field of medical diagnostics, said Europe's lab which contributed technology.

The new device, based on the traditional black-and-white X-ray, incorporates developed for CERN's Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle.

"This colour technique could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses," said a statement.

The technology, dubbed Medipix, works like a camera detecting and counting individual sub-atomic particles as they collide with pixels while its shutter is open. This allows for high-resolution, high-contrast pictures.

The machine's "small pixels and accurate meant that this new tool is able to get images that no other imaging tool can achieve," said developer of the University of

According to the CERN, the images very clearly show the difference between bone, muscle and cartilage, but also the position and size of cancerous tumours, for example.

The technology is being commercialised by company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of and which helped develop it.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 20:05 IST