Thales developing portable CT X-ray scanner

Thales developing portable CT X-ray scanner

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By Nick Flaherty

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Thales is developing a portable CT 3D X-ray scanner.

Thales is using a compact cathode built with carbon nanotubes that is part of the latest airport security X-ray scanner based on tomosynthesis.

It has developed a compact 2D X-ray machine that can be dismantled and carried in the back of a small car. Shown at the Leti Innovation Days this week in Grenoble, this is the first portable X-ray system that take whole body images with the latest Thales digital sensors and is aimed at nursing homes and hospitals in isolated areas.

The system also comes with a tablet with 5G connection back to a radiographer, as well as AI enabled computer aided diagnostics, says Beatrice Matesunz, director of innovation at Thales Microwave and Imaging.

This portable 2D system is the basis for the portable computer tomography (CT) system that takes a series of X-ray images to build up a 3D image. These are currently large rotating scanners only available in hospitals or large container systems.

The portable 3D CT X-ray scanner  will be ready for clinical trials in 2026 to be available in 2027, says Matesunz.



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