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Kromek and the next generation of breast cancer detectors

27/02/2019

Working in collaboration with DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to develop new detector electronics and geometry for use with CZT crystals.

Kromek has been awarded a grant of £321,000, under Eurostars through Innovate UK, to work in collaboration with DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to develop new detector electronics and geometry for use with Kromek’s cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) crystals. The aim is to create new CZT detectors for breast cancer diagnosis.

The main medical use for this new CZT imaging solution will be in the diagnosis of breast cancers, but the new technology also has the promise to be used in a variety of solutions making detectors smaller, more portable and lighter.

The project will unfold over the next two-years and involves making the electronics, used around the CZT crystal detectors, much smaller and lighter and power efficient. These developments will enhance the performance of the next generation of CZT detector technology both within the fields of high-energy astronomy and medical imaging.

This project is a good example of how initial research in one area can lead to advances in another. This device has its beginning with a Kromek collaboration with DTU Space aimed at creating detectors for use in radio astronomy to detect gamma-rays in space.

Dr Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said: “Kromek already has medical imaging products, for example, we sell many surgical gamma-probes every year to hospitals around the world, and we provide turn-key gamma SPECT camera solutions to OEM medical imaging manufacturers. We are also involved in a project to transform breast imaging techniques using new developments in our CZT-based SPECT detector technology to reduce the required dose of radiation in molecular breast imaging. Our aim in both these projects is to achieve better outcomes for patients and lower costs for hospitals.”

The Cardrona Bra Fence, Cardrona, New Zealand

The picture we have used on the home page is by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash shows the Cardrona Bra Fence, Cardrona, in New Zealand. The fence has been used to raise money for the NewZealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

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