Today’s Spotlight uses a sample X‑ray, courtesy of the researchers, of a human wrist demonstrating the system’s ability to reveal soft‑tissue structures and very fine detail.
X‑rays transformed medicine a century ago by providing a noninvasive way to detect internal structures in the body. Still, they have limitations: X‑rays cannot image the body’s soft tissues, except with the use of contrast‑enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected, and their resolution is limited.
But a new approach developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) could dramatically change that, enabling the most detailed images ever — including clear views of soft tissue without any need for contrast agents.
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