Navigation Links
'Tricorder' invention could put medical diagnosis and terrorism prevention in the palm of the hand
Date:1/8/2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The hand-held scanners, or tricorders, of the Star Trek movies and television series are one step closer to reality now that a University of Missouri engineering team has invented a compact source of X-rays and other forms of radiation. The radiation source, which is the size of a stick of gum, could be used to create inexpensive and portable X-ray scanners for use by doctors, as well as to fight terrorism and aid exploration on this planet and others.

"Currently, X-ray machines are huge and require tremendous amounts of electricity," said Scott Kovaleski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at MU. "In approximately three years, we could have a prototype hand-held X-ray scanner using our invention. The cell-phone-sized device could improve medial services in remote and impoverished regions and reduce health care expenses everywhere."

Kovaleski suggested other uses for the device. In dentists' offices, the tiny X-ray generators could be used to take images from the inside of the mouth shooting the rays outward, reducing radiation exposure to the rest of the patients' heads. At ports and border crossings, portable scanners could search cargoes for contraband, which would both reduce costs and improve security. Interplanetary probes, like the Curiosity rover, could be equipped with the compact sensors, which otherwise would require too much energy.

The accelerator developed by Kovaleski's team could be used to create other forms of radiation in addition to X-rays. For example, the invention could replace the radioactive materials, called radioisotopes, used in drilling for oil as well as other industrial and scientific operations. Kovaleski's invention could replace radioisotopes with a safer source of radiation that could be turned off in case of emergency.

"Our device is perfectly harmless until energized, and even then it causes relatively low exposures to radiation," said Kovaleski. "We have never really had the ability to design devices around a radioisotope with an on-off switch. The potential for innovation is very exciting."

The device uses a crystal to produce more than 100,000 volts of electricity from only 10 volts of electrical input with low power consumption. Having such a low need for power could allow the crystal to be fueled by batteries. The crystal, made from a material called lithium niobate, uses the piezoelectric effect to amplify the input voltage. Piezoelectricity is the phenomenon whereby certain materials produce an electric charge when the material is under stress.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tim Wall
walltj@missouri.edu
573-882-3346
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Originals By Weber's New Invention: "EZoo" Denture Liner Is Eazy To Put On/Eazy To Take Off Makes Loose Dentures Fit Better
2. InventHelp Client Patents “LessMess” – Invention Could Reduce Messes and Smells Caused by Splashed Urine
3. MSU invention could help pharmaceutical industry save money
4. Postpartum depression prevalent in under-developed countries, could impact baby health and mortality
5. Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy
6. Psychological Woes Could Arise During Interplanetary Spaceflight: Study
7. Psychological common ground could ease tensions among those with different religious beliefs
8. New understanding of nerve damage caused by spinal cord injury could improve treatment design
9. Revolutionary techniques could help harness patients own immune cells to fight disease
10. Previous studies on toxic effects of BPA couldnt be reproduced
11. Could Being a Little Overweight Help You Live Longer?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/3/2016)... , ... May 03, 2016 , ... Boston Children’s Hospital ... rehearse tough medical situations or practice tricky or rare procedures in an environment that ... the SIM Center is also available to inventors and “hackers” to develop and test ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Park Cities Pet Sitter ... or adjacent to the 75204, 75205, 75206, 75209, 75219, 75220, 75225, 75229, 75230, 75231 ... Bluffview, Midway Hollow, North Dallas, Plano, Preston Hollow and Park Cities areas of the ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 03, 2016 , ... Intrigma, the leading provider of vital ... expanding its use of Intrigma’s cloud-based physician scheduling solution, Efficient Scheduler (a part ... The Portland, Oregon based health system conducted a one-year pilot of the Efficient ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Dr. Poneh Ghasri, cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood , ... existing patients. Cosmetic dentistry allows patients to improve the aesthetics of their smiles. These ... minor or more serious cosmetic flaws. These specials allow patients to achieve their dream ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... South Miami, FL (PRWEB) , ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... to support both its Grow & Climb children and youth programs in South Miami. ... for several years. , The Grow Program provides afterschool tutoring, mentoring, enrichment and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... April 29, 2016  In the next ten ... shift from systems dependent on CRTs monitors to those ... modality CRT Medical monitors and will automatically sync ... host of foreseeable benefits to this technological advancement, ... modalities have to be replaced in order to ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... April 29, 2016 ... Financier Sanofi, leader mondial ... ses résultats pour le premier trimestre ... Jérôme Contamine, commente les résultats du ... perspectives pour le reste de l,année. ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016   Click here ... Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest independent ... a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Campus Pharmacy, ... ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that provides individualized ... California . In 2015, TNH generated approximately ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: