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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Full Body Scan

A hi-tech scanner has been developed which takes images in less time than it takes the human heart to beat.

The Somatom Definition machine contains two X-ray scanners so full body images can be taken twice as fast.

Manufacturer Siemens said the scanner, which will be available in the UK next autumn, is ideal for diagnosing heart problems because of its speed.

Scanning experts said such technology might reduce the need for more invasive diagnostic techniques.

CT (computed tomography) scans use special x-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body.

More at BBC News

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