Unique X-Ray detectors
We’ve been excited to chat to Direct Conversion, a brand new sponsoring organisation at MediSens 2018. Their team of world class scientists, technologists, engineers and software specialists are at the core, continuing to drive their respective fields forward, and work together to push back the boundaries of what can be achieved with X-ray imaging.
You’ve got a special type of X-Ray detector, what is it and how is it different?
We believe we have the best combination of fast scanning speed and sensitivity available in the market today in this price range – and without having to trade one off against the other. At 20,000 lines per second scan rate (2m/s) we’re delivering a scanning speed which is state of the art. Using Cadmium telluride (CdTe) in our detectors with direct converting technology means that we can also deliver extraordinary sharpness and very high efficiency by collecting almost every photon. We’re proud to be a leader in this field, which has been achieved through the years of experience, dedication and expertise of our team, to enable medical device innovators to deliver more accurate and reliable diagnostic products to clinicians.
What advantages does the product provide over conventional detectors?
We see a range of benefits over current technology. Not only faster throughput, but also the advantages of lower dose imaging while maintaining the highest level of image resolution. Using variable dual energy exposure means dual energy images have no blur and are co-registered. With a 100um pixel pitch that has enabled us to design detectors capable of delivering higher accuracy in sharpness and contrast. The bottom line is that our detectors provide better information, faster.
Dual energy imaging is now a mature technology, what benefits can it bring to medical imaging?
You are right in that dual energy is a well-established technique. Recognising that this is a powerful tool for analysis of image, we invested in our technology to achieve dual energy information in a single exposure from the same pixel (auto co registration). Rather than having separate detectors or other methods which lose information in the image capture phase, acquiring images with multiple energy information in a single shot means a better chance of detecting anomalies in the image
How do the needs of patients influence the product’s use?
The reason we come to MediSens, (and this year we are exhibiting here), is to hear directly from clinicians about their needs. It is vitally important to us to hear about current challenges so that we can direct our research and development efforts to meet the needs of the people who are ultimately using our products. The roots of our business are entrenched within research, and our aim is to keep driving our technology forward. We can only do that by listening to the experts out in the industry who rely on radiography every day to make critical decisions.
Could these technologies and processes have applications in other industries?
Yes, we supply detectors to the non-destructive testing industry, for example for weld inspection, we supply to the food industry, who are increasingly vigilant in inspecting food for contaminants, and other industries such as PCB inspection.
What made you decide to get involved with the MediSens conference?
MediSens does what is increasingly difficult – delivers value to clinicians, to have them here is value for us.
Come along to MediSens this month to meet Direct Conversion. Discounts on ticket prices still apply – Book yours today!