The First 3D Color X-Rays

At the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, the team at Mars Bioimaging are using detector equipment originally developed for the Large Hadron Collider, and putting it to a very different use: medical imaging that allows 3D, false-color images inside the human body.
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Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Audio mix by Graham Haerther
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  • There's a line in here that goes by very quickly, but to be clear: that little X-ray sensor measures the frequency of each individual photon that hits each pixel. It's an offshoot of tech from the Large Hadron Collider.

    Tom ScottTom Scott12 days ago
    • Thomas where can I buy this red shirt?

      Danny MullinsDanny Mullins2 days ago
    • That displays deserves a whole episode. Looks like it is tracking the viewer's point of view.

      xavtekxavtek6 days ago
    • +RockThe Red870 All it needs is for the different materials to have different atom compositions so you get different X-rays shinning form it.

      CotonetefilmmakerCotonetefilmmaker7 days ago
    • The value of poor science.

      Tony HallTony Hall10 days ago
    • +Rocketplumber That's cool! It seems like Moore's law applies to photodiodes too!

      Louis StubboloLouis Stubbolo11 days ago
  • We flew a kite in a public place

    Retro PetroRetro Petro20 hours ago
  • Let’s hope it ends up working as intended

    0MindSwept00MindSwept0Day ago
  • Can definitely see how this would be incredibly useful for doctors once it replaces the regular black and white x-ray. Combine this with machine learning and diagnosis is going to be extremely accurate.

    Graham XGraham XDay ago
  • I hope this technology gets implemented relatively quickly after it is deemed ready for widespread use.

    NineNine2 days ago
  • awesome!

    Rick HaroldRick Harold4 days ago
  • IX-rays

    Mac The KnifeMac The Knife4 days ago
  • rember lads subscribe to pewdiepie

    MRTiGzoruAMRTiGzoruA4 days ago
  • The same dose but 10x the information? Why not half dose and 5x information so we don't all contribute to the epidemic that is cancer.

    Anon MasonAnon Mason4 days ago
  • I wish them success

    bergoniusbergonius5 days ago
  • So if anyone was going to become a superhero count it to happen during the human trials of this machine.

    Dark_PinoyDark_Pinoy5 days ago
  • yeheeey! Tricorders here we come!

    IdleWorkerIdleWorker5 days ago
  • Xenial Xerus @ 4:34

    KuoxsrKuoxsr6 days ago
  • So you did end up having to bodge this with Linux

    Jordi Miralles GuríJordi Miralles Gurí6 days ago
  • Now that's cool.

    Walter BurtonWalter Burton6 days ago
  • i am a heron. i haev a long neck and i pick fish out of the water w/ my beak. if you dont repost this comment on 10 other pages i will fly into your kitchen tonight and make a mess of your pots and pans

    momo sandermomo sander6 days ago
  • Just like regular x-rays I wonder how long it's going to be before we start seeing images of things people put up their butt.

    mute8smute8s6 days ago
  • Professor Anthony Butler sounds exactly like Brady Haran.

    Julia LiliensteinJulia Lilienstein6 days ago
  • Googly eyes as a level I think?

    Danel KirtleyDanel Kirtley7 days ago
  • This is such awesome tech. Your Channel and so your job are a dream :-)

    Nikola HowardNikola Howard7 days ago
  • 4:34 Props for using Ubuntu Linux and not Winblows.

    Valueless DollarValueless Dollar8 days ago
    • Linsux

      The GDPWhyTea?The GDPWhyTea?7 days ago
  • 1:03 I bet that guy had cancer of the eyes.

    Valueless DollarValueless Dollar8 days ago
  • I would like more details on the comparison of this process to current MRIs and CT scans.

    Landon JenningsLandon Jennings9 days ago
  • Go New Zealand!

    GrymyrkGrymyrk9 days ago
  • dude thats Christchurch in new Zealand?, it really hard to believe the x-ray research is in that place

    donnieh deadonnieh dea9 days ago
  • so this is the start of star trek body scanners...

    Story sorryStory sorry9 days ago
  • Ultimate discovery

    Q TurnQ Turn10 days ago
  • So like What they do at the Airport X-ray? With different colors, but in 3d.

    Daniel LopezDaniel Lopez10 days ago
  • Congrats. A step further in helping humanity.

    Zubair KhanZubair Khan10 days ago

    Samira PeriSamira Peri10 days ago
  • This is amazing! :) I'm looking forward to this technology becoming commonplace in every hospital and doctor's office. It'd be so cool as an untrained patient to be able to see a 3D x-ray and see everything that's going on. :)

    c182SkylaneRGc182SkylaneRG10 days ago
  • Isn't this combination of x-ray and computer called CT scan a.k.a CAT scan?

  • Very good video! Continue creating worthy content and you are going to get bigger quick! Subscribe to our channel and then we'll subscribe to you!

    Incredible WorldIncredible World10 days ago
  • This is so freaking amazing! TT I always watch your videos with my dad and we're both huge fans!

    Zara MZara M10 days ago
  • 3:56 who in the world put the googly eyes?!?!

    lol lollol lol10 days ago
  • Great vid!

    SteveSteve10 days ago
  • In mice

    Seamus DohertySeamus Doherty10 days ago
  • And I thought NZ was full of Hobbits and Elves

    Sky BoundSky Bound10 days ago
  • Ubuntu ♥

    Sage ManejaSage Maneja10 days ago
  • Amazing. As someone with nerve damage in my spine, I have to regularly get scans done and how on earth the docs work out what is what with a black and white image is impressive by itself!

    Dan AllnattDan Allnatt10 days ago
  • Christchurch New Zealand eh? I think something happened there, can put my finger on it tho

    mohammed Ahmedmohammed Ahmed10 days ago
  • Hey that’s my university!

    Angus BrownAngus Brown10 days ago
  • Who else is a Kiwi?

    Rusty ForkRusty Fork10 days ago
  • Thanks Tom

    KronicSplashKronicSplash10 days ago
  • Ъ

    Глад Валакас ФЭКГлад Валакас ФЭК10 days ago
  • And people ask why spend money on NASA or space exploration and observation in general. These sorts of uses for fringe/avant garde science cannot be predicted. We won't know the practical use until the practical use is invented. This is very exciting stuff!

    All The ArtsyAll The Artsy10 days ago
  • Please don’t stop making amazing videos.

    Hunter JensenHunter Jensen10 days ago
  • i'm amazed this is not already a thing?...before I clicked the title I thought to myself "ahh 3d xrays? probably using different frequencies to map out the subject.." few minutes in my suspicions were confirmed... now If I could only work out how to live life.

    Yeezy westyYeezy westy10 days ago
  • Imagine the benefit that would provide to Alzheimer's research.

    grovermaticgrovermatic10 days ago
  • why I have no idea you're at my university???!!!

    Ana RezaAna Reza10 days ago
  • Could it do a better job on the Antikythera movement?

    toxaqtoxaq10 days ago
  • That's great !

    DayOld DonutsDayOld Donuts10 days ago
  • Impressive, very cool, and expensive tech. To think that in my birth year, we landed on the moon with damn small discrete component computers and now with can we make 3D images from X-ray information. What an amazing leap in sensors and computing power.

    LadyAnuBLadyAnuB11 days ago
  • X-ray tech here. I don't understand how they're *generating* a useful stream of X-rays to be able to measure those various frequencies. It was my understanding -- at least, how I was taught and how the machines at my workplace operate -- that we still don't have a good way of generating a specific or narrow band of X-ray frequencies because the technology we use to produce them is about 100 years old at this point.

    Lord LunaEquie is meLord LunaEquie is me11 days ago
  • Just clicked this, so I do not have to see the thumbnail again, arrhh

    guzmaekstroemguzmaekstroem11 days ago
  • Congrats on trending!!

    KippersKippers11 days ago
  • Ah, that Ubuntu screen!

    TRiG (Ireland)TRiG (Ireland)11 days ago
  • Tom, why did you spell “colour” wrong? You’re English.

    ChriseurosongChriseurosong11 days ago
  • What? Am i high? Am i drunk? Am I both? How did I get here?

    TholgarTholgar11 days ago
  • How can you dislike this ffs 🙄

    Bullshit DetectorBullshit Detector11 days ago
  • When are the x ray glasses coming out though?

    the guythe guy11 days ago
  • You had me at "ix-ray".

    the1gipthe1gip11 days ago
  • Great video, as always, thank you for all this work! If I may, the French city mentionned on the flouroscopy photo is called Neuilly, not Neully.

    AndivovnaAndivovna11 days ago
  • Christchurch new zealand? The place western civilization woke up... - atheist from turkey

    michael wittmannmichael wittmann11 days ago
  • A

    Collin SCollin S11 days ago
  • Isnt this the same as a 3 dimensional CT scan? What is the difference here?

    ADAD11 days ago
  • NZ accent is pleasing as always.

    Vicary ArchangelVicary Archangel11 days ago
  • You know whats also on a spectrum, me.

    Harry LawrenceHarry Lawrence11 days ago
  • I didn't understand even the half of this, but by God, I am loving it! Hail Science! \m/

    whiterottenrabbitwhiterottenrabbit11 days ago
  • My X-Ray is very hard right now for watching this video.

    Tranquilized HorseflyTranquilized Horsefly11 days ago
  • 5:07 what kind of screen is this? It looks like a hologram.

    Jonathan DirksJonathan Dirks11 days ago
  • You know it's a place that knows it's stuff and knows how to present it's stuff when Tom intros and concludes but otherwise says almost nothing... (plush good editing and shooting!)

    Katherine L. VogelKatherine L. Vogel11 days ago
  • Technicallity, but photography film isn't all that good at interacting with x-rays. You can't take an x-ray directly on a photography film. You need a layer of crystals that x-ray photons interract better with, get absorbed by, and fluoresced back, not in the visible band

    Chanter ExChanter Ex11 days ago
  • Can you make a video on that hologram at the end!?

    NickoliasNickolias11 days ago
  • I wonder how old r u..u looked 22 and 50 in the same time

    Agis 13thAgis 13th11 days ago
  • I can’t tell if your 18 or 34

    WoodyWoody11 days ago
  • instead of LED-s we should invest into developing candles. Am I right?

    BvsMAcoshBvsMAcosh11 days ago
  • 1:38 is that George W. Bosh?

    Mahmoud Othman AdasMahmoud Othman Adas11 days ago
  • Huh

    The Cereal GuyThe Cereal Guy11 days ago
  • That looks like Tomography not a xray

    Ailuropoda melanoleuca NineoneoneAiluropoda melanoleuca Nineoneone11 days ago
  • This 3d screen is really trippy, but REALLY cool!

    StaticRStaticR11 days ago
  • Wow this is such exciting technology. What a brilliant idea.

    Shani BothaShani Botha11 days ago
  • 3:33 the little googly eyes on the machine hahaha

    Justin KoenigJustin Koenig11 days ago
  • Hopefully this can be used to see cancer tumors more detailed as well

    Agent SmithAgent Smith11 days ago
    • using that Thing to make Diagnostics on living Human Beings will give you Radiation Sickness I'm sure that they had to expose someone to a few Sievert to get these results

      -RandomUserName--RandomUserName-11 days ago
  • Can they do something like that with MRI scans ?

    EastyyEastyy11 days ago
  • Ubuntu in the wild -nice

    Dwarf Of ProgrammingDwarf Of Programming11 days ago
  • Someone had some fun 2:42 4:00

    ElectroSalvoElectroSalvo11 days ago
  • 4:05 the machine has goggly eyes

    MozzieMozzie11 days ago
  • Artists - "boner"

    tank butttank butt11 days ago
  • thank you once again for this cool video, tom

    EvercreeperEvercreeper11 days ago
  • I like the googly eyes they taped to the machine :)

    Chris ToneChris Tone11 days ago
  • Did I see Ubuntu?

    Zuhair MehdeeZuhair Mehdee11 days ago
  • Great to see a video highlighting the real world tech that gets it's start at CERN. Too many people think that pure research is a waste of money but developing the technology to explore the unknown pays off many time over.

    Paul DavisPaul Davis11 days ago
  • 5:10 I'm more interested in the teams magic parallax screen that tracks the cameraman and makes depth move accordingly...

    RanstoneRanstone11 days ago
    • Tech that was done over ten years ago using a Wiimote, two infrared LEDs, a spare pair of glasses, and a laptop.

      thedarkfreakthedarkfreak10 days ago
  • I thought the thumbnail was meat wearing a wristwatch.

    WisMicYal11WisMicYal1111 days ago
  • Tom Scott fix your blood spelling, you aren't a American. So don't spell like one.

    Alex BlackAlex Black11 days ago
  • Tom Scott fix your blood spelling, you aren't a American. So don't spell like one.

    Alex BlackAlex Black11 days ago
  • I swear every single video you upload is just insanely interesting! I'm honestly never disappointed after watching one!

    Michael EdlinMichael Edlin11 days ago
  • _________________ |NEW ZEALAND| 100 ---------

    ZdragovZdragov11 days ago
  • 4:35 Ubuntu ftw

    China fanaticChina fanatic11 days ago
The First 3D Color X-Rays