Carbon fibre nanotube X-ray emitter manufacturer Micro-X is to launch a second generation – Gen 11 – mobile X-ray machine which features a new emitter and Australian-made power source.
The company told investors that the quarter ended 30 September had marked significant expansion of its mobile X-ray team and the execution of $13 of government contracts with the US Department of Homeland Security and the Australian Stroke Alliance to develop a new airport security checkpoint and CT scanner designed for ambulance use.
Managing director Peter Rowland said: “This was a quarter where we focused on laying the infrastructure for future growth of our mobile DR range and executed the key development funding contracts for our airport security portal and CT scanners.
“We are pleased to now finally begin development work.”
However the big news is that the company will soon launch a second generation mobile X-ray machine which will incorporate a new miniaturised power source (pictured, at right) and an upgraded electronic X-ray emitter – the only such unit available globally.
“At the core of the second generation Rover is a newly designed and manufactured high voltage generator which uses new electronic components and technologies, which delivers significantly increased X-ray output while maintaining current size and weight.
“The next generation will take the Rover’s capability beyond the imaging requirements of the ICU and open wards into the more specialised environments of trauma imaging in Emergency Departments and Operating Rooms.”
The power source was previously made in Canada with the new unit delivering four times the X-ray energy of the current Rover unit.
The new generation system, a Therapeutic Goods Administration listing for its Rover machine and significant investment in new personnel should provide a welcome fillip to Micro-X’s sales prospects.
Mobile X-ray sales have been slower than the company would have hoped – with September quarter sales amounting to $800,000.
Picture: Micro-X/new power source at right, current power source, left
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