In an Australian-first, Monash University’s Bone and Muscle Health Research Group has acquired a new generation scanner that measures bone density and quantifies three dimensional microarchitecture of bones to assess musculoskeletal diseases. There are only two such scanners in the world—the other in China.
The XtremeCT-II high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography was purchased with funds from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Monash University and the Ian Potter Foundation.
Research fellow Dr Ayse Zengin said the XtremeCT-II measures 3D bone microstructure, tendons, cartilage, joints, muscle, fat and vascular calcification at the highest resolution and precision currently available.
“The XtremeCT-II is the only one of its kind in Australia and will allow cutting edge musculoskeletal research both domestically and internationally,” Dr Zengin said.
The XtremeCT-II will be available as a research platform for researchers, clinicians and surgeons—ensuring collaboration amongst health care professionals.
Professor Peter Ebeling, AO, who heads the research group at Monash University anticipates that utilising a low-radiation method for high-resolution imaging of bone, muscle and joints will enhance understanding of musculoskeletal conditions, enabling effective preventative and treatment strategies.