Colour X-Rays Are Here

Sat, Jul 14, 2018

Something really awesome is coming our way from a New-Zealand based company. The first ever colour X-ray picture was taken by employing a new particle detection chip developed at the CERN. Originally this technology was used for particle tracking at the Large Hadron Collider but improvements made to that chip technology made it more and more interesting for areas outside of particle physics.

Just as with the visible light, the colour represents different energy levels of X-ray photons. Different energy levels are also associated with different body components. Bone leads to a different energy than water for example. The company which realized the colour X-ray, MARS Bioimaging Ltd, is using the energy sensitive detection data as an input for a set of algorithms they developed to then reconstruct a colour 3D image. They also have a nice picture on their site. Awesome stuff!