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Toshiba recently released a medical scanner that does everything that
do and much much more
it basically makes a 3-d image of the human body including organs and vessels it shows the heart pumping blood and so much more
just thought that it is something truly spectacular and a great breakthrough in medical technology and its much cheaper than an MRI

Saving More Lives by Building a Better Scanner

A new body scanner captures tumors, blood clots and leaky arteries in action

The ONE Scanner: Photo by Toshiba

To grasp the power of Toshiba’s new Aquilion ONE computed-tomography (CT) scanner, imagine facing a picturesque beach. Your camera doesn’t have a panoramic function, so you take snapshots pointing to the left, the center, and the right. You tape the photographs together and it looks gorgeous, sure, but you’re missing the action of the waves crashing on the sand.
Now imagine that you’re facing that same beach with a wide screen high-definition video recorder. The whole shoreline is in your lens, and you’re recording it all—the diameter of every grain of sand, the movement of every wave—in an image that can later be viewed from any angle you choose. That’s what the ONE does when taking pictures of your innards.
The machine, which took 10 years and $500 million to develop, could change the way doctors diagnose and treat such illnesses as stroke and heart attack, making many standard tests unnecessary. Take heart attacks. A guy walks into the ER with a crushing pain in his chest. Before the ONE, doctors might have ordered an EKG, a CT scan, a nuclear study and perhaps even an invasive catheterization. The tests would take days and cost thousands.
The ONE does nearly everything—filming, in high-resolution, dynamic volume imagery, how organs function—in 20 minutes or less, for under $1,000 and with 80 percent fewer x-rays than other CT scanners.

The Doctor Will See You Now: From left to right: A 3-D heart, captured in between beats; a detailed scan of the lungs; and an image of blood vessels in the brain can help doctors pinpoint strokes. Photo by Toshiba

Why the vast difference? A current CT machine takes pictures of organs by the slice, and the picture is stitched together. Although this method is great for spotting changes and tumors on organs, it doesn’t convey how the organ is functioning. The ONE, using 320 ultra-high-resolution x-ray detectors, each half a millimeter wide, rotates once around an organ and shows not just what it looks like but its blood flow too. In the U.S., Toshiba has sold the $2.8-million machines to select hospitals in Baltimore, Boston and Las Vegas. The ONE costs about twice as much as a traditional multi-slice CT scanner, but company officials say it will end up saving money and physicians’ time because so many auxiliary tests won’t be needed. Toshiba expects to sell at least 200 of the scanners worldwide by next April. Says Doug Ryan, the senior director of its CT business unit, “This is a huge technology leap for us.”
well you shouldn't have to be a med student to like it you just have to be a human interested in his or her own health
Meh. I have not seen a doctor in years and i am still alive and kicking. :tongueout:

While it is nice. The price tag isnt. Just another thing for doctors and HMO's to raise their prices while trying to get you out of hospital as fast as McDonald's.

not necessarily the might just tell you next time you go for a physician that you have brain cancer and its against there oath to let you leave before operating on you but first you have to put a down payment of $100,000.
not necessarily the might just tell you next time you go for a physician that you have brain cancer and its against there oath to let you leave before operating on you but first you have to put a down payment of $100,000.
They can not legally hold you against your will. If you wanted to leave the hospital you could just walk out. They can not hold you against your wishes.

as far as i can tell they can hold you as long as you are endanger of yourself, or endangering others, via the police of course

that machine is sweet

its cost is not sometime im worried about, it will go down as technology gets better in those areas. same thing happens with all technology.
In UK, as far as I know, it's still the fact that under section 8 (I think) of the mental health act (from pre-history), all it takes is the signatures of 2 doctors to have you forcibly detained against your will.
Such people are known colloquially to have been "sectioned"
there was this one movie or book not sure that they had to hold a criminal but didn't have enough evidence they claimed that he was a health risk and kept him in a hospital until they gathered enough evidence and indited him