MEET THE NANO-X RADIOTHERAPY SYSTEM SET TO CHANGE THE FUTURE OF CANCER TREATMENT

03/08/2015

Radiotherapy is vitally important in over half of all cancer treatments. Amortised over the lifetime of the system, it is the most cost effective of the treatment options. But therein lies the rub. Right now, the world needs an estimated 9,000 extra radiotherapy machines. Major obstacles to this include the often prohibitive capital costs and the operation of a highly complex system in remote and rural regions that are all too often devoid of technical and professional staff.

Using frugal innovation, Nano X has invented a novel radiotherapy system, which delivers best practice treatment at about 10% of the cost of current best practice treatment machines.

Their solution is an engineering innovation that aims to drastically simplify the radiotherapy machine and to deliver a plug-and-play approach. Conventional radiotherapy machines require a patient to lie motionless on their back while a 3000kg X-Ray system revolves around them. Their solution does away with the revolving gantry, and instead – simply and gently – rotates the patient on a custom-designed couch.

The Nano-X prototype is funded through Australian Government (ARC LIEF) funds. It is being housed at The Nelune Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Randwick, NSW).

 

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This article first appeared on The University of Sydney webpage.

Nano X is a client of ATP Innovations, Australia’s leading business incubator. 

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