Our passenger self-service checkpoint technology stars in a feature article by the world’s leading magazine in the field of airport terminals, Passenger Terminal World. The feature examines how the passenger self-serve checkpoints will increase security through the integration of 3D imaging and improve the screening experience for passengers, with up to 8 screening pods in the same space that is currently taken by one passenger screening lane.

Read more about it at Passenger Terminal World

Eleven Australian-made mobile bedside x-ray units are destined for hospitals in Ukraine to support the medical community in the Russia-Ukraine war.

The Rover, designed and manufactured in South Australia by hi-tech company Micro-X Ltd, has its genesis in supporting trauma imaging in military medical facilities. Its lightweight and rugged construction means that medical staff can use the imaging machines in emergency settings, particularly in deployed and temporary hospital environments.

Four humanitarian non-government organisations have bought the lightweight Rover units for expedited delivery to hospitals in war zones, including Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, from Micro-X’s Seattle facility.

Four x-ray machines lined up in a warehouse

Rovers in Seattle before being shipped

The innovative, lightweight machines use ground-breaking carbon nanotube technology, with a simpler design and more reliable performance in a smaller, lighter and less complex unit than traditional mobile x-ray devices. The intelligent ergonomics make the machine easy to manoeuvre and permit precise positioning for x-rays. The long-lasting Lithium Iron-Phosphate battery means the Rover can run without mains power for up to 8 hours.

Micro-X General Manager of Digital Radiology Charlie Hicks said the Rover’s unique nano electronic x-ray technology (NEX Technology™) meant that people requiring emergency medical care could receive the full spectrum of radiology exams, even if they were in a combat operation or war zone.

“Caring for people is at the heart of what we do at Micro-X and we are proud to be supporting the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine,” Mr Hicks said.

“Our Rover is six times lighter than conventional mobile x-ray systems and its nimble design means that it can easily go where it’s most needed.”

“Our electronic x-ray tube is smaller, lighter and faster than anything the world has seen before and it’s creating new opportunities for industries across the world.”

Nova Ukraine’s Olena Stadnyuk trained as a doctor in Kyiv, Ukraine and resides in California, USA. She is currently volunteering to support the procurement of medical supplies to be sent as humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

She said the lightweight design of the Rovers and their ability to be easily transported to patients was particularly useful in areas where large numbers of critically ill patients were presenting to hospitals, and in smaller and older hospitals where traditional imaging rooms were not easily accessible.

“Since the start of Russian attacks on Ukraine, Nova Ukraine has been providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the form of medical supplies, food and other urgently needed supplies as well as helping Ukrainian refugees,” Dr Stadnyuk said.

“Since the war started, hospitals in Ukraine have been overwhelmed with a huge number of wounded who require immediate triage, diagnostics and treatment.”

“Rovers will allow Ukrainian doctors to run proper diagnostic procedures in a timely manner at a point of care, saving critical minutes needed to treat wounded patients.”

Media contact: Rebecca Puddy, Head of Corporate Communications, media@micro-x.com

Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners will be the first US sporting team to introduce Micro-X’s revolutionary Rover x-ray system.

The immediate delivery of the Rover from Micro-X’s Seattle facility means the x-ray system will be available for diagnostic use for the remainder of the 2022 baseball season.

The Rover provides fast, convenient digital radiography imaging for patients everywhere – from the bedside, in hospitals and at point of care. It’s ‘feather touch’ drive and the balanced rotating articulating arm combine to make positioning the tube simple and fast, while the tube head’s small size allows for easier positioning around patients.

The innovative, lightweight machines use ground-breaking carbon nanotube technology, with a simpler design and more reliable performance in a smaller, lighter and less complex unit than traditional mobile x-ray devices.

The intelligent ergonomics make the machine easy to manoeuvre and permit precise positioning for x-rays. The long-lasting Lithium Iron Phosphate battery means the Rover can run without mains power for up to 8 hours.

Seattle-based Micro-X General Manager of Digital Radiology Charlie Hicks said the Mariners would be able to use the hi-tech Rover anywhere.

“We are delighted the Rover will be used by the Mariners as a diagnostic tool to help care for players,” Mr Hicks said.

“The Rover is perfectly suited to be used by the club – it is six times lighter than conventional mobile x-ray devices and easy to use. With our US operations based in Seattle, we are proud to have the Rover at a local club.”

Seattle Mariners Senior Director of High Performance Rob Scheidegger said the Rover was a perfect fit for the team’s DR imaging needs.

“The Rover is ideally suited for use in the professional sports environment,” Mr Scheidegger said.

“Having the ability to produce high quality images from such a versatile and mobile unit right in our ballpark is a game changer for our medical team.”

Micro-X has been invited to present its checkpoint security solution, which it is developing in a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scientist and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded program, to airport security regulators and security managers in Europe this week and in July.

These are the first presentations of Micro-X’s concept design for a passenger self-service checkpoint to planners and key decision makers in the worldwide airport security community. The checkpoint station design incorporates Micro-X’s new miniature CT baggage scanner which is also under a funded development.

Figure 1: Passenger flow through the multiple next-gen checkpoint stations will be increased.

Micro-X General Manager for Checkpoints Dr Brian Gonzales said engaging with the broader airport security community was key to the company’s positioning as a technology leader in this field. Micro-X’s strategy is to become the leading international vendor for checkpoint baggage screening.

“Micro-X’s technology leadership is based on our unique position as the only company in the world with NEX technology. By presenting what this product will look like for passengers and security services, we are showing the world what can be achieved with this technology, simultaneously improving the passenger experience and security detection,” said Dr Gonzales.

Dr Gonzales added “As aviation starts to return to pre-pandemic levels, we are seeing at airports around the world huge delays and line-ups as airports struggle with checkpoint staffing. Micro-X’s self-service checkpoint station addresses the problem through its small size and modular design for self-screening which increases passenger throughput and improve staffing efficiency.”

Figure 2: Micro-X’s passenger self-screening checkpoint design can fit seven modular stations, each with their own miniaturised CT, in the same footprint as a conventional conveyor-belt x-ray lane.

In the US, the TSA is deploying new computed tomography (CT) x-ray imagers on conveyor-belt systems to address the growing challenges facing airport baggage scanning. These new scanners offer three dimensional images that allow automated detection algorithms to be used. However, this technology brings a new challenge of false alarms, which in a traditional, conveyor-based system can slow the flow of bags because every alarm must be resolved by manual inspection. These new CT systems have several integration challenges for airports because of their size, weight, power requirements and need for a complex automated tray return system.

The solution Micro-X is developing extends the self-service concept common in passport immigration control, adding luggage and body scanning in the same station. Micro-X’s compact design can place seven self-service stations in the same footprint of a single conventional x-ray conveyer belt with the advantage that if even if manual resolution at one station is required, other stations continue processing. Micro-X’s self-service design has the potential bring full automation to the checkpoint screening process, resulting in both significant improvements to throughput and security. The self-screening offers the additional benefit of passengers not being separated from their valuables and being screened in private.

Managing Director Peter Rowland spoke with YouTube interviewer the ASX Investor about Micro-X, our history of innovation and the path ahead.

“The products, as well as being game changing, are inherently reliable, and simple, and cheap. We are planning on taking the world by storm with this technology.”

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Micro-X Rover mobile DR system will be distributed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through an exclusive deal signed between Micro-X and Leader Healthcare Group.

The agreement will foster long-term business relationships between the two companies and contribute to Micro-X’s international expansion through Leader Healthcare’s access to the United Arab Emirates’ high growth market.

The Rover’s high imaging performance and lightweight manoeuvrability provides flexibility in its use in hospitals and at point-of-care. Its ‘feather touch’ drive and the balanced rotating articulating arm combine to make positioning the tube simple and fast, while the tube head’s small size allows for easier positioning around patients. The innovative, lightweight machines use ground-breaking carbon nanotube technology, with a simpler design and more reliable performance in a smaller, lighter and less complex unit than traditional mobile x-ray devices. The intelligent ergonomics make the machine easy to manoeuvre and permit precise positioning for x-rays. The long-lasting Lithium Ion-Phosphate battery means the Rover can run without mains power for up to 8 hours.

Leader Healthcare Group’s Global CEO, Sukhdeep Sachdev, said the addition of the Micro-X Rover to the company’s range would meet the needs of users seeking value and flexibility.

“The market is dynamic in the post COVID-19 era, where the focus is more on making every treatment accessible,” he said.

“The partnership between Leader and Micro-X provides a solution that delivers the best value for service users. Micro-X’s portable solutions perfectly complement end-users’ quests for innovative products that combine mobile x-ray solutions with cutting-edge technology.”

Micro-X General Manager for Mobile Solutions Charlie Hicks said the distribution agreement with Leader Healthcare Group provided a new opportunity for the Rover mobile x-ray unit to be offered to customers in the United Arab Emirates.

“We are excited about the opportunity provided through our partnership with Leader Healthcare Group, who will be exclusively distributing our Rover mobile x-ray unit in the UAE,” Mr Hicks said.

“Micro-X mobile technology brings the x-ray to the patient, reducing the risk of moving patients to imaging rooms and providing new opportunities to bring the Rover to deliver high-grade hospital images in different home care environments.”

“We are grateful for the invaluable advice provided through the South Australian Government and its overseas trade office in Dubai in bringing this agreement to reality.”

South Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment Nick Champion said South Australia was the perfect location to collaborate, innovate, develop and test new products to commercialise globally.

“Our advanced manufacturing capability is combined with expertise in medical technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals to develop world-leading medical products, such as Micro-X’s Rover mobile x-ray unit,” he said.

Micro-X has signed a distribution agreement for Rover in the United States with Medlink Imaging, a nationwide master dealer of radiographic equipment including Vieworks digital detector solutions.

Medlink Imaging is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vieworks Co Ltd, a major global supplier of imaging plates, based in South Korea. A key element of the distribution agreement is an initial commitment to acquire US$0.72 million (A$1.0 million) of Rover mobile systems during the first year of the agreement and each year thereafter, once the integration of the detector and software with the Rover is given the green light by regulators.

As part of a development agreement with Vieworks, the current Rover cart and imaging chain will be integrated with Vieworks manufactured digital radiology panels and VXVue software. This Rover Mobile DR with Vieworks panel and software will then be registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Micro-X, with an estimated completion in the December 2022 quarter. Medlink Imaging is the largest master dealer of Vieworks panels in the world, and has received strong interest from its current network of US sub-distributors to add the Rover Mobile DR to its range, with the Rover offering a smaller size, weight and greater manoeuvrability.

Micro-X’s Managing Director Peter Rowland said Vieworks was one of the largest suppliers of detectors worldwide and was well respected internationally.

“This relationship with their US distributor not only positions us well for the US market, but also positions us for further expansion globally,” Mr Rowland said.

Medlink Vice President Michael Farah said the company was looking forward to driving the introduction of the Vieworks Rover.

“Our national network of dealers recognises that the market has called for a robust mobile x-ray product designed to meet and exceed the point of clinical care needs,” Mr Farah said.

“The Vieworks Rover will be well received, delivering value and exceptional clinical results.”

Vieworks integration team from Korea arrives at Tonsley next Monday to start the integration with Rover.

Thank you ANFF South Australia for recognising the contribution of Micro -X in recruiting, developing and retaining talent to advance the boundaries of science through nanotechnology.

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Australian hi-tech company Micro-X Ltd (ASX:MX1) is supplying Rover mobile bedside imaging units to support the Ukraine’s medical community in the war against Russia.

The US-based charity Revived Soldiers Ukraine has bought four of the lightweight Rover units for expedited delivery from Micro-X’s Seattle facility to meet the emergency X-ray imaging needs in Ukraine’s hospitals and other war-torn areas.

Micro-X’s General Manager of Digital Radiology, Charlie Hicks, said the South Australian-designed and produced X-ray technology had its genesis in supporting trauma imaging in deployed military medical facilities, and its lightweight and rugged construction makes it ideally suited to use in the current crisis in Ukraine, particularly in deployed and temporary hospital environments.

Mr Hicks said the unique NEX carbon nanotube technology allows the mobile Rover to deliver the full spectrum of radiology exams for injured people in combat operations or humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Conventional mobile X-ray systems with the same clinical performance weigh five or six times as much as the lightweight and mobile Rover, which greatly limits the situations where traditional units can be used.

“We were very pleased to be able to supply these units at short notice to Revived Soldiers Ukraine from Seattle to help the medical efforts in Ukraine,” Mr Hicks said.

“Supporting humanitarian efforts is important for the Company and the Rover’s capabilities will help deliver high-quality diagnostic imaging where it is needed most, in environments where conventional technology x-raying is not possible. The units are already on their way to Ukraine.”

Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a well-established 501(c) (3) charity organisation based in the US which has been providing medical and humanitarian help to the Ukraine for many years. Revived Soldiers Ukraine aims to provide medical aid to Ukrainian soldiers, their families and as those who suffered or were affected by military conflict. Donations can be made at https://www.rsukraine.org

About Micro-X

 Micro-X Limited (the Company) is an ASX listed hi-tech company developing and commercialising a range of innovative products for global health and security markets, based on proprietary cold cathode, carbon nanotube (CNT) emitter technology.  The electronic control of emitters with this technology enables x-ray products with significant reduction in size, weight and power requirements, enabling greater mobility and ease of use in existing x-ray markets and a range of new and unique security and defence applications.  Micro-X has a fully vertically integrated design and production facility in Adelaide, Australia.  A growing technical and commercial team based in Seattle is rapidly expanding Micro-X’s US business.

Micro-X’s product portfolio is built in four, high margin, product lines in health and security. The first commercial mobile digital radiology products are currently sold for diagnostic imaging in global healthcare, military and veterinary applications.  An X-ray Camera for security imaging of Improvised Explosive Devices is in advanced development.  The US Department of Homeland Security has selected Micro-X to design a next-generation Airport Checkpoint Portal with self-service x-ray.  A miniature brain CT imager for pre-hospital stroke diagnosis in ambulances, is being developed with funding from the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund.

For more information visit:  www.micro-x.com

About Revived Soldiers international

Revived Soldiers Ukraine is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to the people of Ukraine so that they may fulfil fundamental rights and freedoms such as right to life, right to appropriate and affordable medical care, freedom of belief and freedom for an adequate standard of living.

Revived Soldiers Ukraine is working around the clock to deliver medical equipment and supplies, arranging humanitarian aid, and providing medical treatment to injured Ukrainians.

To arrange an interview please contact Verity Edwards at Hughes PR on 0412 678 942.

Micro-X is the leading article in today’s Business Journal, profiling our range of exciting revolutionary x-ray technologies across 4 industries:

A new sales approach for the Rover Mobile DR system, a mid-year launch planned for the Argus IED camera, as well as sharing significant progress in airport security and CT scanning.

The Micro-X debut attendance at the annual #RSNA conference, attracted the attention of Aunt Minnie. The RSNA is the largest radiology conference in the year attended by radiologist specialists from around the world.

Aunt Minnie.com, reports on latest news in medical imaging for radiologists and related medical professionals through a comprehensive community internet site and is the world’s largest radiology magazine. Micro-X ‘s new portable DR Mobile X ray unit, Rover, designed for use in hospitals and home care, features exclusive NEX technology, which is clearly explained in the Aunt Minnie review.

View the full article – Aunt Minnie Article – Micro-X RSNA

Micro-X is once again present at Arab Health 2022 in The United Arab Emirates, at the Dubai Trade Centre from Jan 24-27th in a new partnership with Leader Healthcare.

The Micro-X feature product, Rover Mobile-X-ray machine, has all the premium features of best-in-class mobile units, with a very small size and weight of < 100kgs . This is made possible by Micro-X’s patented carbon nanotube NEX Technology used to create the X-rays. The Rover X-ray machine is light, quiet, easy to move,  fits into tight spaces and is motor-free with long battery life.

Innovation does not stop there.

The Rover mobile X-ray machine has an articulating arm that makes positioning a breeze rather than the tricky column structures of conventional mobile units.

The X-ray head features tusks where light and fingertip collimation adjustments are possible providing superior SID and magnification efficacy, without the operator leaving the field of view.

It also has remarkable ground clearance, so with its lightweight can be transported across uneven terrain using a wheelie bar as a gentle lever.

This unsurpassed X-ray technology has exceptional ergonomics in a footprint about one-sixth the size of other mobile systems.

Leader Healthcare is distributing the Rover Mobile X-ray machine in UAE. Micro -X personnel will be present on the Leader Healthcare booth, Booth F10 Hall #4 to provide our expertise with this new carbon nanotube technology.

Arab Health attracts 3590 exhibitors from more than 60 countries and this year expects more than 56 000 attendees live. Visitors come from the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain), Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

More information can be found at www.arabhealthonline.com

Micro-X corporate debut at Radiological Society of North America Conference 28 Nov to 2 Dec

Micro-X Ltd is pleased to provide this update on commercialisation of three of its Product Lines following highly successful participation at three important trade shows held in North America. The Company’s international debut under its own branding became a highlight of the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 107th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting as it showcased its innovative cold-cathode x-ray technology and products to wide acclaim in Chicago.  In the same week the ‘Micro-X Argus’ x-ray camera became the talk of the US Bomb Technicians Association (USBTA) Technology Tradeshow in Florida and the Future Travel Experience Conference in Las Vegas Micro-X has engaged directly with airports managers and airlines leaders to place self-service checkpoints at the centre of the future travel experience.

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Micro-X becomes the talk of RSNA – Largest Global Radiology Tradeshow

Micro-X was pleased to make its debut under the Micro-X brand as an exhibitor at the 107th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of RSNA between 28 November and 2 December 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The RSNA Annual Meeting is the largest global radiology tradeshow and a key event in the radiology industry, attracting respected radiology experts, potential purchasers, and industry exhibitors from across the globe. The theme for RSNA 2021 was ‘Redefining Radiology’ and it showcased new ideas and technologies that are redefining the future of the radiology field.

As part of an updated Go-to-Market strategy led by Charlie Hicks, General Manager of the Mobile DR Business Unit, Micro-X is seeking to brand itself in the radiology market as an innovator with a range of cutting-edge imaging products.  The exhibition booth included a demonstration area with both a bed and a neonatal intensive care crib to allow visitors to experience first-hand the ease of movement and alignment of the mobile- x-ray machines.

The number of delegates attending the Micro-X booth far exceeded management expectations with many repeat visitors and others attending the booth after colleagues had urged them to do so.  The level of discussions and feedback at the booth and post-conference events from radiology professionals and industry professionals was overwhelmingly positive.   The small size of the Micro-X cold-cathode carbon nanotube x-ray tubes astounded many and a novel, clear-skinned exhibit of Rover’s articulation and imaging components drew much admiration for its elegant simplicity and quality.  The biggest drawcard at the booth was a mock-up of the future Brain CT Scanner which became a focus of considerable attention and drew a crowd of interested delegates each day, emphasising the unprecedented miniaturisation capability of Micro-X’s carbon nanotube technology.

The team of nine Micro-X sales and management executives had to work very hard to service the volume of visitors to the booth and had a number of meetings including with every major multi-national X-Ray company; every major detector company; a dozen large systems integrators and over 60 dealers from the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.  There were also a large number of product demonstrations with potential customers and clinicians.

Supporting the brand image of innovation, Micro-X used the RSNA exhibition to announce a lifetime (ten year) warranty on its medical x-ray tubes.  Unprecedented in the industry, this was well received and underlined the Company’s confidence in its new technology and products. Also launched at the exhibition was a re-branding to emphasise the versatility of the different variants of our mobile DR x-ray machines:

Post-RSNA the sales team is rapidly following-up the many potential customer discussions and distributor interest for the Micro-X range of Mobile DR x-ray machines in order to translate into stronger sales for this year and into 2022.

 

Micro-X Argus introduced to US Bomb Technicians Association – Florida Tradeshow

Micro-X exhibited its ‘Micro-X Argus’ x-ray IED camera at the US Bomb Technicians Association’s Technology Tradeshow in Florida on 30th November and 1st December.  The Micro-X Argus attracted huge interest from US Federal Government and State Police bomb squad attendees with many new potential customers seeking information and discussing the technology. A Senior Federal-level Public Safety Bomb Technician said to the Micro-X sales team that “This product is what we have been looking for, and waiting for, for years”.

Micro-X has already received seven requests for customer demonstrations of the Micro-X Argus to commence from early 2022 from Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Military EOD teams and police forces across the US.

 

Micro-X’s Miniature CT Baggage Scanner the missing link in Aviation Security

Micro-X attended the Future Travel Experience Conference in Las Vegas on 7-9 December which attracted many delegates from airlines, airports and government aviation and security regulators world-wide. The future of air travel is to become a “seamless and touchless passenger journey” from when the passenger enters the airport to when they leave at their destination; this future is already becoming reality, and this was the focus of the conference. The conference featured numerous vendors providing unique automation solutions throughout the airport.

The Micro-X Miniature CT baggage scanner is a key element to deliver this future airport vision as it provides a unique solution to the most challenging and invasive point in the passenger’s journey. The US Department of Homeland Security’s contract with Micro-X Inc. for a Miniature CT Baggage Scanner was of great interest to all delegates and many conversations with delegates made it clear that airlines and airports want to move much faster than government to introduce this technology and transform the passenger experience. The very positive feedback and scale of interest at this conference will help support a strong sales pipeline for the Micro-X CT baggage scanner and Checkpoint solution. This will allow Micro-X to fast-track commercialisation of the Checkpoint CT Scanner which was described by many delegates as the ‘missing link’ in developing more passenger-friendly security in airports.

 

Micro-X’s Managing Director, Peter Rowland, commented:

“Over two short weeks in the USA we have been overwhelmed by the impact our technology and products have made on the industries and customers at these three radiology, security and aviation tradeshows.  I was able to see firsthand that we really have very strong customer pull and offer the potential to change their markets in a major way. In particular, the RSNA Annual Meeting was a huge success for Micro-X as we were able to showcase the innovation, quality and performance of our amazing radiology platforms.  The number of companies seeking to do business with us stands witness to our future potential establishing ourselves as a manufacturer leading a revolution in X-ray.  We could not have been happier with the response and interest levels across the RSNA conference as well as the number of high-quality meetings we held with customers and potential partners. 

We remain focused on rapidly turning all of this interest into larger customer pipelines and most importantly sales.

Adelaide company Micro-X (MX1) has started developing a small CT brain scanner that can be fitted in ambulances and emergency aircraft. If successful, the device will allow paramedics and retrieval teams to diagnose and then start treating stroke patients in the golden hour – the first hour after a stroke.

Today Micro-X signed a Project Agreement that will unlock $8 million of funding from a  $40 million grant awarded to the Australian Stroke Alliance under the Australian Government’s Frontier Health and Medical Research initiative. The funding will contribute to the development of the scanner for patient imaging trials in 2023.

This year, stroke will affect more than 15 million people worldwide – 5 million will die and another 5 million will be permanently disabled. In Australia, there are about 38,000 stroke events annually, or more than 100 a day.

“Your best chance of surviving a stroke lies in the first hour after the attack – the so-called “Golden Hour,” Professor Stephen Davis, AO, from the Australian Stroke Alliance, said.

“Detecting and starting treatment within that timeframe gives patients a much better chance of surviving and recovering with limited brain damage,” he said.

“This scanner would allow us to determine the type of stroke in minutes and start treatment on the way to hospital,” Graeme Rayson, Operations Manager, SA Ambulance Service (SAAS), said.

“An aeromedical stroke unit would potentially save hours in time to diagnosis for remote patients, enabling our teams to fly to a community, scan the patient and start treatment immediately on the plane en route to a hospital,” Dr Mardi Steere, Executive General Manager of Medical and Retrieval Services, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Central Operations) said. 

While some health services have Mobile Stroke Units (MSUs) – fully-equipped, custom-built specialist vehicles that accommodate a built-in, conventional CT scanner and specialist acute stroke personnel – these cost more than $1 million each and require reinforcement to support the weight of the CT scanner plus they are dedicated to stroke imaging.

These have delivered good patient outcomes, but the conventional CT technology’s size, weight, cost and workflow mean MSUs will always be relatively rare, particularly in rural and regional communities.

Micro-X’s technology by contrast, has the potential to turn every ambulance into a stroke-capable ambulance.

“We have invented an electronic X-ray tube” said Peter Rowland, Managing Director of Micro-X. “It’s already in use in mobile X-ray units in hospital emergency and ICU rooms. We will create a small arc using a number of these patented X-ray tubes, and a curved detector developed in partnership with Fujifilm, to create a compact and robust CT scanner with no moving parts that could be installed in every ambulance” he said.

The project is made possible thanks to Micro-X’s carbon nanotube (CNT) emitter technology.

Micro-X has successfully completed initial imaging studies with the Melbourne Brain Centre.

The second stage of the collaboration will continue the development and refinement of the device with the intention of conducting patient imaging trials in approximately three years.

Micro-X will build on established relationships with Fujifilm, the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, the MADA Monash University Health Collab team and the Melbourne Brain Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Micro-X is also sending an employee to the Johns Hopkins University as a PhD candidate from Flinders University for three years.

We are excited to be at the forefront in developing technology which has the potential to radically transform health care for all Australians,” Rowland said.

This unique collaboration puts Australia and the Australian Stroke Alliance at the forefront of global best practice in stroke care which may be adopted as the new standard for stroke diagnosis and management,” Professor Stephen Davis, AO, from the Australian Stroke Alliance, said.

For further Information

Tennille Reed, Strategic Marketing Manager, Micro-X, treed@micro-x.com, 0428 271 243

Micro-X and its US subsidiary is working with the US government to develop a passenger self-screening airport checkpoint portal, which will combine the traditional, sequential airport checkpoint processes into a consolidated module.

“We are delighted to be working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop this new security system that will both make air travel a more enjoyable and safer experience,” said Peter Rowland, Managing Director of Micro-X.

The Airport Security Portal will combine existing self-service technologies such as automated document scanning and validation, photometric identity checking, and millimetre-wave body scanning with a miniature, self-service x-ray scanner for carry-on bags and personal property.

The project is made possible by carbon nanotube emitter technology invented and developed by Micro-X that dramatically reduces the size of x-ray tubes and imaging devices.

Conventional three-dimensional x-ray baggage scanners are far too large to make a self-service security portal practical.

Micro-X signed two contracts with the DHS last week that establish it as lead contractor in a team of innovative companies from around the world to develop the security portal.

They include Melbourne-based Elenium Automation, a leader in many elements of airport passenger workflow automation, a European leader in millimetre-wave on-person screening technology which enables high-resolution scanning of passengers in real-time as they move, and Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, a US Government Laboratory which has developed an Open Architecture integrated airport checkpoint management system based on conventional screening technology.

Micro-X will also be supported by Monash University Design team and The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) of the US, which will guide the security and safety requirements of the system.

The project will be managed in Seattle within a newly created, independent, Micro-X Business Unit led by General Manager Dr Brian Gonzales.

“These DHS contracts are transformational for Micro-X and represents the culmination of many years of amazing work by Dr Gonzales and the team, in developing new concepts for improving x-ray imaging for aviation security,” said Rowland.

“It is also a tribute to Micro-X’s customer-centric design philosophy to be selected for this major new systems design and integration project.

“Every traveller has got airport security horror stories to tell and it is exciting that this innovative international team, led by Micro-X, is now positioned to improve future air travel for all stakeholders.”

Micro-X is defining the future of x-ray imaging.

Micro-X is the first company in the world to design and manufacture a mobile X-ray machine using NEX Technology. Their patented NEX Technology uses carbon nanotubes to create a more stable, yet smaller and lighter X-ray tube that now comes with a ‘Tubes for Life’ warranty.

The reliability of NEX Technology means Micro-X customers will enjoy the benefits from cutting-edge technology with the assurance of long-lasting tube performance.

The ‘Tubes for Life’ warranty is a non-transferrable warranty designed to cover the X-ray tube installed in each Micro-X mobile X-ray machine.

NEX Technology is a simple, non-glass-based electronic X-ray tube and enables Micro-X to produce a more stable, yet smaller and lighter X-ray tube which in turn reduces the weight, and size, of their mobile X-ray machines.

The first generation of these mobile X-rays machines are already used in over 31 countries worldwide.

For hospitals, the “Tubes for Life” warranty means peace of mind when choosing their next mobile X-ray machine knowing they can benefit from improved system availability and uptime.

At the 2021 RSNA Annual Meeting, Micro-X is presenting their latest models of their revolutionary mobile X-ray machine:

Micro-X is also offering their Rover mobile X-ray machine at the 2021 RSNA Annual Meeting, all with NEX Technology inside.

Charlie Hicks, General Manager Mobile DR says, “Micro-X is defining the future of X-ray imaging, similar to how LED’s have replaced traditional glass filament light bulbs, I truly believe that NEX technology is the future of X-ray imaging.  We are so confident in the reliability and performance of this new tube technology that we are willing to back it with  our incredible Tubes for Life warranty.”

Meet PICO, NEO and Charlie at the Micro-X stand, South Hall, stand #4517 during the RSNA Annual Meeting or go to www.micro-x.com/rsna2021 for more information.

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Press Contact:

Tennille Reed, Strategic Marketing Manager, Micro-X, treed@micro-x.com, 0428 271 243