Medical device manufacturer EMVision has signed a five year agreement with the Australian Stroke Alliance and will begin to access $8 million in federal frontier research funding to further develop its electromagnetic microwave imaging stroke detection system.
The company’s technology, developed by Professor Amin Abbosh and Professor Stuart Crozier at the University of Queensland, is now funded to develop a planned first responder device for air and road ambulances as well as for use in the hospital setting.
EMVision is now the second innovative Australian medical imaging company alongside X-ray developer Micro-X to share in a $40 million grant made to by the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund to the Stroke Alliance.
EMVision’s technology uses the same types of electromagnetic waves that mobile phones use to transmit voice and data for medical imaging.
The system has been much-developed, with recent advancements including an optimised antenna array, innovative signal capture plus image processing algorithms, and machine learning driven boundary conditions and stroke classification.
CEO Ron Weinberger said the technology had been developed over many years in close collaboration with the Stroke Alliance.
Weinberger said: “Our shared vision is to create a blueprint, with global reproducibility, to deliver urgent highly portable stroke diagnosis and care for patients, regardless of their location.
“The potential societal and health economic benefits are enormous.”
The two technologies offer the potential for early diagnosis of stroke, allowing immediate treatment and avoiding health complications and trauma.
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