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Manufacture and commercialisation of X-ray trolley

Project description and overview:

Micro-X has developed a patented novel carbon nano tube (CNT) x-ray source that enables the miniaturization of x-ray tubes. The CNT technology is reliable and can be reproduced at near 100% yield with the in-house designed processing. Micro-X has commercialised this technology in a mobile x-ray cart that is used for bedside imaging in hospital wards.

The core technology components of the CNT tube and the x-ray generator are all designed and manufactured by Micro-X in Tonsley, having invested in re-shoring of the manufacturing of these components. Micro-X currently sources over 90% of materials and components domestically in Australia and is a net exporter of devices.

Micro-X intends to re-use its existing platform generator, x-ray tube, imaging software and detectors and develop a trolley based system that provides ease of deployment and diagnostic imaging workflow for humans and vets in both surgical and rural environments. The concept re-uses existing core technology packaged in a sack truck style concept to enable movement over rough ground and up stairs, yet still offers the ease of imaging and is a fully digital x-ray system. Along with human imaging, the device has received strong interest from vets, in particular the equine industry (horses require up to 60 exams on legs and joints to check for lameness).

The device will have a remote tablet to avoid any complex integration of computers or screens. It will be battery powered and/or run from mains. The batteries will charge when plugged in and a separate charger will be provided. Potentially off the shelf (DeWalt 12v) batteries may suffice.

This project intends to provide a disruptive technology in a format that is specifically designed for outdoor workflow challenges of human imaging that will be deployed in the vet sector to trial and open up revenue streams to support human trials. A successful outcome will be a significant exploitation of the vet market, changing the use of x-ray in that market globally, and a pathway to providing true p/oint of care x-ray for humans.

EXPECTED IMPACT

  • Increased collaboration with other manufacturers
  • Increased spending on R&D
  • Increased information and communication technology (ICT) intensity
  • Increased number of staff with science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) skills
  • Better qualified employees
  • Larger patent portfolio
  • Increased levels of automation
  • Greater capital intensity
  • Newer equipment
  • Greater share of services in total revenue
  • Higher product value density (by weight)
  • Higher trade intensity
  • Larger geographical reach

EXPECTED GROWTH

  • Micro-X forecast $22M in revenue over the next 5 years

EXPECTED JOBS

  • Micro-X plan to employ 15 new staff during the project and within one year of project completion
Contributions:

Government Funds: $575,620 | Industry: $575,620 | In-Kind: $17,000

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