A new computed tomography (CT) scanner from Imatron Inc. could eliminate 20 to 40 % of the 2 million angiograms performed annually in the U.S. It uses electron beam technology (EBT) that is based on a scanning electron beam that scans at speeds of once every 50 to 100 milliseconds. Unlike angiograms, EBT is non-invasive. It allows doctors to see coronary arteries without the unpleasant procedure of inserting a tube into the patient's artery. "The EBT scanner provides a very focused image," says Ray Rand, an Imatron physicist. Other possible applications for EBT include scanning luggage for bomb detection at airports. Contact Rand at (650) 583-9964.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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