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3D CT Scan

Stunning three-dimensional images of the inner workings of the body are produced by a new type of scanner that was unveiled yesterday.

The images show skeletons, organs and blood vessels as they appear when dissected so that every detail of their function can be examined. They can also be rotated so that they can be viewed from every angle.

The development marks another advance in computed tomography (CT) scanning, which has transformed modern medical diagnosis.Multi-slice CT scanners were developed in the 1990s and can now take up to 64 slices through the body, at increased speeds and high resolution to produce the 3-D images of internal organs, bones and blood vessels. The speed means large organs such as the heart can be scanned in a fraction of the time required previously so that their function can be observed.