EXPLORER, the world's first medical imaging scanner that can capture a 3D picture of the whole human body at once, has produced its first scans.
EXPLORER is a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that can image the entire body at the same time.
It can produce an image in as little as 1 second and, over time, produce movies that can track specially tagged drugs as they move around the entire body.
It is expected that the technology will have countless applications, from improving diagnostics to tracking disease progression to researching new drug therapies.
The scanner delivers the perfect level of details and we could see features that you just don't see on regular PET scans.
And the dynamic sequence showing the radiotracer moving around the body in three dimensions overtime was amazing.
EXPLORER will have a profound impact on clinical research and patient care because it produces higher-quality diagnostic PET Scans than have ever been possible.
It also scans up to 40 times faster than current PET scans and can produce a diagnostic scan of the whole body in as little as 20 to 30 seconds.
EXPLORER can scan with a radiation dose up to 40 times less than a current PET scan, opening new avenues of research and making it feasible to conduct many repeated studies in an individual, or dramatically reduce the dose in pediatric studies, where controlling cumulative radiation dose is particularly important.
The tradeoff between image quality, acquisition time and injected radiation dose will vary for different applications, but in all cases, EXPLORER can scan better, faster or with less radiation dose, or some combination of these.