Thales and Micro-X partnership to speed up X-ray innovation

Thales and Micro-X partnership to speed up X-ray innovation

X-ray 3D imaging is used in many applications that are critical to security and medical markets. The evolving technology requirement for checkpoints at airports is to process far more passengers per hour than the current industry average of 200. Faster screening with improved threat detection are desperately needed. Compact and agile systems with 3D imaging are major technology advancements the medical market can use to deliver improved patient diagnosis and outcomes. To anticipate these needs, Micro-X, specialist in cold-cathode x-ray technology, and Thales, specialist in security and medical imaging, have combined forces in a multi-faceted collaboration to develop X-ray imaging systems based on X-ray sources that use Carbon NanoTubes (CNT) cathodes at their heart. 

CNT is a crystalline variety of carbon with properties that improve the efficiency of x-ray imaging by orders of magnitude. By combining this technology, developed by Micro-X, with Thales’s 60 years’ experience in x-ray devices, the two organisations will initially collaborate on the design of novel, miniaturized X-ray sources. These sources will be produced by Thales and manufactured in Moirans, France, and will power both Thales and Micro-X’s future roadmap of innovative x-ray products for medical and security markets.

In the second part of the alliance both companies will address global sales and support of Micro-X’s Mobile Backscatter Imager (MBI) for assessment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Design and development is already underway in Adelaide following very positive end-user feedback of the operational concept and the imaging performance demonstration conducted for the Australian Defence Force’s Counter-IED Task Force. Under this collaboration Thales will cross-sell the MBI product manufactured in Adelaide.

Thales VP Jean-Jacques Guittard
Thales VP Jean-Jacques Guittard

“This is just the beginning, like those Silicon Valley pioneers in the 70’s we are at the birth of a new technology evolution. CNT is a game changer in so many fields but none offer such practical and quantifiable benefits as in the X-ray imaging market. From airport checkpoints to counter terrorism activities to future medical imaging devices, Thales and Micro-X are on the edge of a historically decisive moment. In addition to these high-tech synergies and as a major player in the digital domain, this partnership will give us a technological leap none else can offer.”, says Jean-Jacques Guittard, Thales Vice President, Microwave and Imaging Sub-Systems.

Source: Thales Group.