Current generation multi-slice CT scanners are expensive and have been criticized for producing high radiation exposure to patients. Because of the cost and exposure, such scanners are usually only available in hospitals and hospital-affiliated imaging centers. Our hope, with the Ovis 100 32-slice scanner under development (510K application), that CT imaging can become widely available to physicians as a simple screening study at the time of an annual physical.
Imatrex has been exploring methods and algorithms that demonstrate the potential to significantly reduce radiation exposure for CT examinations. We propose to modify the Checkpoint CT scanner for medical imaging, and to add to that system a dynamic collimation system and associated reconstruction algorithms in order to provide low-dose CT imaging. The result in development, the Ovis 100, is a product that will have a price point suitable for use in physician offices, and a low radiation exposure profile that is normally considered safe for screening purposes. In addition, by pulsing the X-ray source as the gantry rotates, the Imatrex developed Tomofluoroscopy™ technology can reconstruct 3-D images of the patient in real-time, at a fraction of the dose required by the normal CT protocol.
TSS/Imatrex has filed patent applications to protect its IP in this new product and is in the early design and planning stage at this time. The Ovis 100 32-slice CT scanner is under the 510K application evaluation process.