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Research & Development

Our Flat-Panel X-ray Source (‘FPS’) is made up of an array of cold cathode field emitters, sealed into a unit together with a power supply. The field emitters each generate a conelet of X-rays.  Because the array would otherwise produce a large number of overlapping X-rays, a proprietary system allows for each X-ray emission to be addressed and individually controlled which avoids the common problem of high voltage switching.

 

The Flat-Panel array emits X-rays covering many different angles allowing depth information to be derived through tomosynthesis.   A reduced standoff distance (for instance, 50cm instead of 170cm for chest imaging) is used for an FPS-based solution, reducing power requirements and thermal challenges compared to conventional tube-based X-ray sources. A further benefit of the array is the production beam focal spots which are well below the typical millimetre range and allows for enhanced resolution.

Intellectual Property

Adaptix recently filed for its tenth patent to protect the development of its addressable Flat Panel X-ray Source (‘FPS’). The patent portfolio now covers the full system including methods and apparatus for producing X-rays and the tools for 3D image reconstruction.

The combination of patents awarded and filed gives Adaptix the freedom to continue to innovate, while protecting further research and development into distributed arrays.

Adaptix’s IP portfolio includes a patent licensed from UCLA in 2009 where the work began in Dr Gil Travish’s lab on pyroelectric-driven X-ray sources. The company has a database of over 100 key inventions all pointing towards a significant transformation in radiology globally.

Facilities and Collaborations

Adaptix’s R&D facility is located at Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park. Work is also conducted at the state-of-the-art facilities at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, one of the national scientific research laboratories in the UK operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The company also collaborates with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in assessing device performance. The national centre of excellence metrology.

Various academic collaborations for research also exist with Oxford University and the Cockcroft Institute.

The company’s manufacturing hub is located in Scotland.