Kromek Group plc (AIM: KMK) and Analogic Corporation today announced they have entered into an agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) based detector solutions for Photon Counting Computed Tomography (PCCT) applications in the medical imaging and security sectors.
CZT-based PCCT detectors overcome limitations inherent in conventional CT detectors to deliver improvements in spatial resolution, radiation dose reduction and energy resolution. This innovative technology can result in improved image quality whilst also providing a gateway to material characterization and quantitative results allowing early detection of life-threatening illness such as breast cancer or heart disease when used in medical imaging. In security screening, the improved image quality and 3D images of passenger bags and parcels will allow passengers to keep luggage in their bag whilst accurately identifying prohibited and dangerous items in real time.
As part of the collaboration, Kromek will integrate CZT sensors with Analogic’s detector designs to ensure optimal detection system performance. As the project progresses toward commercialisation, the Group will ensure production capability is available to support Analogic’s PCCT demand.
As global leaders in CT detector technology for over 50 years, Analogic continues to advance its product offering of systems and subsystems in both security and medical imaging applications. Its PCCT technology is designed to enable new system solutions as well as upgraded options for installed systems.
Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said: “At Kromek we are constantly looking to team up with leading global organisations who match our vision and desire to improve patient outcomes as well as combine our technologies to enhance the safety of our citizens. Analogic has a long track record in doing just this and we are looking forward to our collaboration to enable Analogic to bring the next generation of CT scanners to the market.”
Tom Ripp, Analogic CEO, said: “As pioneers in CT imaging and detection technology, we are excited about this collaboration with Kromek to bring the next generation of PCCT detection solutions to market.” Mr. Ripp continued: “This project underscores Analogic’s desire to make the world a healthier and safer place for patients and passengers globally.”