This is what we’re doing.
Surround Medical Systems is developing 3D X-ray imaging medical devices featuring a carbon nanotube (CNT) X-ray source developed at UNC atChapel Hill.
Conventional X-ray is limited due to the size of and the heat generated by the X-ray tube. This new, patented technology allows the X-rays to be generated from an array of miniature nanotube sources which can be arranged in a small space. With an arc composed of these tiny X-ray generators, a significantly clearer 3D image can be produced and manipulated with standard software techniques. These techniques are called tomosynthesis (3D Tomo).
Here’s what you can expect.
The first 3D Tomo product featuring the CNTs is a 3D dental X-ray. The device produces a volumetric 3D image that the dentist can review to see cavities and fractures. This product is now commercially available.
We have big plans for the future.
The technology lends itself to a complete rethinking of other CT and 2D scanners. The first offering into those additional imaging markets may be a mobile 3D for orthopedic use. There are also plans to use the nanotubes for heart imaging and other specialized devices utilizing stationary 3D Tomo technology.