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Growing crystals: a team achievement in pure form

The next generation of computed tomography (CT) detectors from Siemens Healthineers will be equipped with cadmium telluride crystals.1 With this new type of material, the use of photon-counting X-ray detectors in clinical routine will become reality for the first time.

5 min
Andrea Lutz
Published on October 18, 2021

A crystal is an important symbol of transparency and clarity. Quartz and gems have always been considered precious and were showcased in crowns and jewelry as symbols of wealth and status. In the past, they were only available as naturally grown crystals. Today, their artificial production requires cleanliness, patience, and perfection.

Silicon is the most commonly used crystal.
Diamonds are one of the most valuable natural resources to this day
The video explains how cadmium telluride crystals are grown.

Christian Schröter is head of the crystal center.

Researchers from Siemens Healthineers have been nominated for the German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis).

By Andrea Lutz
Andrea Lutz is a journalist and business trainer specialized on medical topics, technology, and healthcare IT. She lives in Nuremberg, Germany.