Next week I will be attending the annual meeting of the The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago to unveil our newest technology, Nanox Imaging. For those of you who don’t know, RSNA is an international society of radiologists, medical physicists and other medical professionals with more than 54,000 members across the globe.
If you are familiar with my body of work and the past projects that I have worked on, the story of Nanox will seem somewhat familiar in that we are once again taking a technology that was invented over 100 years ago, that has largely unchanged since its inception and updating it to address modern issues and problems.
One of the key components in every x-ray tube in existence is a cathode. Traditional cathodes utilize a heated filament to create electrons which travel to the anode, where they create x-rays. This “hot cathode” technology has been in existence since x-ray tubes were invented, and it has many limitations.
Nanox Imaging has a breakthrough which creates a new kind of cathode called a field effect cathode. This breakthrough is truly innovative in that, for the first time, it will allow Xray machines to overcome many of the limitations that have existed until now.
Field effect cathodes have been intensely studied for a long time, but they have repeatedly failed to achieve the power levels that are needed for medical x-ray equipment. The nanotechnology processes that Nanox has developed over many years of research has finally allowed us to break through that barrier.
Nanox’s cold cathode enables new configurations of x-ray tubes that facilitate new breakthroughs in imaging. For instance, CT systems can be built with no moving parts, making them faster, more precise, and portable; real-time imaging of tumors during radiation therapy sessions can lead to improved targeting; breast imaging could be done faster and more comfortably; etc.
I will give you all a complete update after the show but sitting here on the verge of another new breakthrough feels exhilarating while at the same time somewhat familiar.
More to come!