Path Found to a Combined MRI and CT Scanner


A technology that better targets an X-ray imager’s field of view could allow various medical imaging technologies to be integrated into one. This could produce sharper, real-time pictures from inside the human body, says a researcher who hopes to one day build such a unified imager.

Ge Wang, the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Biomedical Imaging Cluster, in Troy, N.Y., calls his vision omni-tomography. Mixing and matching imaging techniques, such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and single-photon emission computed tomography, could improve biomedical research and facilitate personalized medicine, says Wang, an IEEE Fellow.
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