The production model is expected to be even smaller than the already-compact prototype, seen here (Photo: MIT)
An X-ray of a human wrist demonstrates the system's ability to reveal soft-tissue structures and very fine detail (Photo: MIT)
X-ray machines are all large devices that can only image hard structures such as bone, unless a contrast-enhancing solution such as barium is present in the patient ... right? Well, no, not all of them. A new system developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital is small enough to be considered portable, doesn't expose patients to as much radiation, and can image soft tissues in minute detail.
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