X-ray continues to be the primary mode of analysis of bone within the body but the problem with current detectors is that they are rigid and flat whereas body structure is curved and irregular. For long, the need for flexible x-ray detectors has remained that can perform error free screenings. There are a few flexible x-ray detectors that are used for dentistry or chest analysis as they do manage to bypass the tissues but researchers have not managed to achieve real-time imaging using these tools.
Moreover, a technology that can achieve this will also be highly useful for border security, and something progressive has been made by a team of researchers at the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) in University of Surrey. The novel x-day detector has oxide nanoparticles embedded in bulk organic structure that enables the cost-efficient production of large area detectors. The detectors are highly sensitive, at par with the current technologies, and yet operates at lower voltages as well as offers whole range of x-ray spectrum.
The ATI team has also proven the feasibility of the creation of a devices that can follow the subject, which is a phenomenon that current x-ray detectors have failed miserably at. If proven worthwhile, these detectors can possibly revolutionize screen of breast cancer, which is emerging as a significant concern across the world.
A fresh start-up company has been formed to develop this new technology and one day commercialize it, targeting the sectors of pharmaceuticals, food monitoring, and healthcare.