After four years, Tonsley-based Micro-X launched its ultra-lightweight mobile x-ray unit, the DRX Revolution Nano, last Sunday in Chicago at the annual Scientific Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.
The ‘Nano’ was officially launched at Carestream Health’s exhibition stand to a world audience and featured a pre-production Nano unit, made and assembled in Adelaide, South Australia.
Micro-X Managing Director Peter Rowland couldn’t be happier and said the feedback received for the medical device has been first-rate. And with the Nano being just under 80kg — about six to eight times lighter than the industry standard — it will be take current hospital bedside imaging to the next level, opening up future possibilities for out-of-hospital x-rays.
It is expected that the revolutionary machine will be available for commercial sale next year via Carestream Health between $150,000 to $200,000 per unit.
Micro-X is an Australian public limited company which designs, develops and manufactures portable x-ray devices for export to global markets.
Micro-X moved to Tonsley to take advantage of the innovation district’s collaborative environment that supports emerging technology companies, and South Australia’s growing medical device sector. Micro-X now employs 16 people with projections that this would grow to 70 jobs in the local supply chain in a couple of years.
The South Australian Government has helped Micro-X with a one-year, $3 million loan to set up production in Adelaide, supporting the government’s economic priority as a globally recognised leader in medical technology, innovation and export.