The First 3D Color X-Rays

  • Published on May 13, 2019
  • 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.
    Thanks to the Mars Bioimaging team:
    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
    Audio mix by Graham Haerther
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Comments • 779

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  2 months ago +2086

    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.

    • ZT1ST
      ZT1ST Month ago

      I have to admit, "Offshoot of tech from the Large Hadron Collider" does make me a bit more hesitant to put myself up for this type of X-Ray testing, even if it's probably not related to the actual "Throw atomic particles at each other so strongly they create subatomic particles like the Higgs Boson" part.

    • Jan Collins
      Jan Collins Month ago

      I watched professor Brian Cox talking about just that a few years ago. It’s not what it shows us know. It’s what byproducts develop off the back of it. The easiest example being the light bulb. We didn’t learn to produce and harness electricity to be able to light up a room. But as a result of the ability to make electricity we invented the lamp/lightbulb and what that then opened up is endless.

    • 4one14
      4one14 Month ago

      Hey Scott, neat video as always! I was thinking in could be enjoyable for you to do a video exploring and explaining the difference between the apertures used with visible light for photography and the aperture masks used in some X-ray imaging devices. As I photographer and physics enthusiast I found it quite interesting. Take care

    • Danny Mullins
      Danny Mullins Month ago

      Thomas where can I buy this red shirt?

    • xavtek
      xavtek Month ago

      That displays deserves a whole episode. Looks like it is tracking the viewer's point of view.

  • Jay
    Jay 6 days ago

    Tom's iced out

  • duffman18
    duffman18 12 days ago

    So basically, screw everybody who said the Large Hadron Collider was a big waste of money with no practical application. It's literally going to help save lives now with this new technology it has helped develop.

  • Chris Gozzard
    Chris Gozzard 24 days ago

    Color? How could you Tom... :()

  • Panna Pan
    Panna Pan 25 days ago


  • jethrojangles
    jethrojangles 29 days ago

    sorry to make literally the daftest comment in here, but: anyone else reflexively try to close that 'ad' at :05

  • KJNZ2011
    KJNZ2011 Month ago

    I graduated University of Canterbury 12-12-2012

  • laura Westphal
    laura Westphal Month ago

    When you come to my university are two buildings over and I have no idea.

  • John Clark
    John Clark Month ago

    What ever happened to that videos from a possible future series? There were like 3 and then none.

  • Josef Wakeling
    Josef Wakeling Month ago

    yeeees ubuntu gang represent

  • Neurotic Sos
    Neurotic Sos Month ago

    Finally this damn thumbnail won't be in my recommendations anymore

  • Sukkulents
    Sukkulents Month ago +1

    Ooooh damn

  • Kenny Ray
    Kenny Ray Month ago

    Very exciting stuff!

  • Pew News
    Pew News Month ago

    Oh god in christchurch, that did not age well!

    • The S.Wilson channel
      The S.Wilson channel Month ago

      Pew News The christchurch tragedy was 2 months ago, this is 3 weeks ago.

  • ronald rogerson
    ronald rogerson Month ago

    How long until they make X-ray glasses that would enable surgery to be done with a live video feed of the insides

    4 NORMAL BLOG Month ago

    what kind of screen is that

  • Hana
    Hana Month ago

    This is fascinating!

  • Hana
    Hana Month ago


  • junkjouster
    junkjouster Month ago

    that 3d monitor is sick af

  • bobbymartini
    bobbymartini Month ago

    I swear I learn more in one of Tom's videos than I do in the rest of the week 👌🏻👍🏻👏🏻

  • Du Vive
    Du Vive Month ago +2

    I'm always happy when I see anyone or any project using Linux!

  • Martin Cx
    Martin Cx Month ago

    Not correct

  • Xaracen
    Xaracen Month ago

    2:17 excuse me but HWAT? can we have these for games? i dont care about the cost.

    • Alexander Hill
      Alexander Hill Month ago

      It basically just involves tracking the user's head position/direction (or in this case the camera) and adjusting the image for that. I think there are detectors attached to the frame around the screen.
      I once saw a video where someone rigged up a Wiimote and a pair of glasses with 2 IR LEDs to look like the sensor bar (as far as the Wiimote was concerned) and got it to produce the same effect. I imagine it required a decent bit of custom software, but hardware-wise you could do it with little to no expense. Strictly restricted to 1 user max. though, because it looks super weird from any other perspective.
      I don't know how much of an issue the software would be; with a modern engine that already supports VR it may or may not be essentially trivial for an experienced 3D graphics developer, but if you want basically the same head-tracking features with out-of-the-box support (and a superior view), just get a Vive.

  • Qute rious Quadrilogy

    3:55 Im not the only one who noticed the googly eyes on the machine, Right?

  • delivrex
    delivrex Month ago

    newzealand christ church hmm sounds familiar...

  • Retro Petro
    Retro Petro Month ago

    We flew a kite in a public place

  • 0MindSwept0
    0MindSwept0 Month ago

    Let’s hope it ends up working as intended

  • Graham X
    Graham X Month 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.

  • Nine
    Nine Month ago

    I hope this technology gets implemented relatively quickly after it is deemed ready for widespread use.

  • Rick Harold
    Rick Harold Month ago


  • Mac The Knife
    Mac The Knife Month ago


  • MRTiGzoruA
    MRTiGzoruA Month ago

    rember lads subscribe to pewdiepie

  • Anon Mason
    Anon Mason Month 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.

  • bergonius
    bergonius Month ago

    I wish them success

  • Dark_Pinoy
    Dark_Pinoy Month ago

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

  •  Month ago

    yeheeey! Tricorders here we come!

  • Kuoxsr
    Kuoxsr Month ago

    Xenial Xerus @ 4:34

  • Jordi Miralles Gurí

    So you did end up having to bodge this with Linux

  • Walter Burton
    Walter Burton Month ago

    Now that's cool.

  • Andreas Baumer
    Andreas Baumer Month ago +1

    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

  • mute8s
    mute8s Month ago +1

    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.

  • Julia Lilienstein
    Julia Lilienstein Month ago +1

    Professor Anthony Butler sounds exactly like Brady Haran.

    • Thomas Phillips
      Thomas Phillips Month ago

      Nah Aussie vs kiwi accent. They're definitely different

  • Danel Kirtley
    Danel Kirtley Month ago

    Googly eyes as a level I think?

  • Nikola Howard
    Nikola Howard Month ago

    This is such awesome tech. Your Channel and so your job are a dream :-)

  • Valueless Dollar
    Valueless Dollar 2 months ago +1

    4:34 Props for using Ubuntu Linux and not Winblows.

  • Valueless Dollar
    Valueless Dollar 2 months ago

    1:03 I bet that guy had cancer of the eyes.

  • Landon Jennings
    Landon Jennings 2 months ago +4

    I would like more details on the comparison of this process to current MRIs and CT scans.

  • Grymyrk
    Grymyrk 2 months ago

    Go New Zealand!

  • donnieh dea
    donnieh dea 2 months ago

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

  • Story sorry
    Story sorry 2 months ago

    so this is the start of star trek body scanners...

  • Q Turn
    Q Turn 2 months ago

    Ultimate discovery

  • Daniel Lopez
    Daniel Lopez 2 months ago

    So like What they do at the Airport X-ray? With different colors, but in 3d.

  • Zubair Khan
    Zubair Khan 2 months ago

    Congrats. A step further in helping humanity.

  • Samira Peri
    Samira Peri 2 months ago


  • c182SkylaneRG
    c182SkylaneRG 2 months 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. :)

    M. KARTHIKEYAN 2 months ago

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

  • Incredible World
    Incredible World 2 months ago

    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!

  • Zara M
    Zara M 2 months ago

    This is so freaking amazing! TT
    I always watch your videos with my dad and we're both huge fans!

  • lol lol
    lol lol 2 months ago

    3:56 who in the world put the googly eyes?!?!

  • Steve
    Steve 2 months ago

    Great vid!

  • Seamus Doherty
    Seamus Doherty 2 months ago

    In mice

  • Sky Bound
    Sky Bound 2 months ago

    And I thought NZ was full of Hobbits and Elves

  • Sage Maneja
    Sage Maneja 2 months ago +1

    Ubuntu ♥

  • Dan Allnatt
    Dan Allnatt 2 months 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!

  • mohammed Ahmed
    mohammed Ahmed 2 months ago

    Christchurch New Zealand eh? I think something happened there, can put my finger on it tho

  • Angus Brown
    Angus Brown 2 months ago

    Hey that’s my university!

  • Rusty Fork
    Rusty Fork 2 months ago +1

    Who else is a Kiwi?

  • KronicSplash
    KronicSplash 2 months ago

    Thanks Tom

  • All The Artsy
    All The Artsy 2 months 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!