From the November 2018 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
In time, data processing techniques should catch up and allow a whole body scan. “The first human trials will be used to demonstrate some of the applications of MARS scanning that have already been researched using our preclinical system, for example, looking at early biochemical changes in cartilage,” said Butler.
For him, the most surprising thing to come out of this project has been how well the raft of skills from a multinational, interdisciplinary team complement each other. Over 50 people including physicists, clinicians, scientists and engineers, are currently working on the commercialization of the scanner and research into clinical applications. According to Butler, “It is this interdisciplinary approach which has driven the success of the project, and allowed an innovation from New Zealand to make waves on a global scale.”
About the author: Hannah Prebble is a clinical applications researcher for MARS Bioimaging Ltd. in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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