EUROPEAN SYNCHCROTON RADIATION FACILITY (ESRF)
An incredible story near Grenoble in France a new scanning technique provides exquisitely detailed images and could change the study of human anatomy forever.
A palaeontologist by training, Taﬀoreau worked for months with a team scattered across Europe to transform a particle accelerator in the French Alps into a revolutionary medical scanning tool.
The technique is already providing new insights, thanks to the world's brightest X-rays, into how COVID-19 damages and remodels blood vessels in the lungs. And while its long-term promise is hard to deﬁne, because nothing like HiP-CT has ever existed before, researchers excited by its potential are eagerly inventing new ways to understand the disease.