German and Swiss medical engineers collaborated with their counterparts at the University of Exeter to develop a new clinical imaging method. This new diagnostic technique would help doctors detect the spores of the fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, sooner and more effectively and help reduce the risk of death in patients with weakened immune systems. Currently, this infection causes an estimated 200,000 deaths globally, each year.

Aspergillus fumigatus spores are tiny spores that are present everywhere in the air and breathed in by humans on a daily basis. People with healthy immune systems are not adversely affected by the spores as the spores get destroyed before they can grow and infect the body. But in patients with a weakened immune system, the fungus faces little resistance.


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