Medical Imaging

Medical imaging is required to meet the needs of advanced diagnostics and the demands of emerging markets, presenting the sector with sizeable rewards for innovation.

Medical Imaging
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TTP’s expertise in medical imaging and understanding of the market allows us to help our clients to turn innovative ideas into marketable products rapidly.

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A critical part of diagnosing injuries and illnesses is the ability to see within the body. Pioneered by Roentgen’s work with X-rays, medical imaging encompasses a wide range of techniques to achieve this. Today, X-rays have advanced to allow both tracking of movement through fluoroscopy and the reconstruction of 3D volumes through computed tomography.

While imaging based on X-rays provides a powerful tool, there are reasonable concerns over the safety for both patients and clinicians exposed to ionising radiation and this has led to a push for lowering radiation dose. Advanced CT scanners now dynamically minimise the exposure required for a given image quality, and clinicians are increasingly looking to use alternatives to fluoroscopy, such as real-time MRI and ultrasound.

While these techniques use different technical means of creating the images, the factors driving their development are common: a desire to provide diagnostic power safely to as wide a patient population as possible. The push for improved diagnostic power has led to the development of new contrast mechanisms, such as ultrasound shearwave elastography, photoacoustics, and the use of hyperpolarised contrast agents in MRI.

The drive for imaging to reach new patients is evident in low-cost devices for emerging markets, such as hand-held ultrasound systems that work with a user’s mobile phone and ultra- low-field MRI scanners. Compact versions of CT and ultrasound systems are being developed for emergency medicine uses, together with telemedicine and machine learning capabilities to allow paramedics to perform rapid on-site diagnosis.

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