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The Xbox 360 may have Halo 3, but good luck if you ever get a tumor. Sony's PlayStation 3, on the other hand, may now offer another helping hand to the medical world, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic.
A chip originally created for the PS3 may be the key to greatly improving the way doctors monitor a tumor's growth via computed tomography (CT) scans.
The number of images produced from just a single CT scan can overwhelm current computers. But, as anyone who's played MotorStorm knows, the PS3's Cell Broadband Engine processes data like a Hummer guzzles gas. Researchers announced on Monday that the Cell chip might speed up CT scan results tenfold, providing earlier opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and preventative measures.