Government backs 3D X-ray technologies to capture images of diseased bones in 40 seconds
The Government have announced that they will invest £81 million to support a new advanced imaging centre to house super-bring lasers to produce state-of-the-art 3D X-rays in just 40 seconds. This will dramatically speed up the development of new medical treatments, bringing down the cost of manufacturing and identify design improvements.
The funding is provided through the government’s £830 million Strategic Priorities Fund, with additional investment from the Ministry of Defence, and forms part of the commitment to significantly boost research and development funding across all areas of the UK.
The new centre, due to open at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus (Oxford) in 2024, will bring together industrial, scientific and defence industries so that they can use Harwell’s world-leading facilities.
“From informing the design of next generation aerodynamic aircraft components to examining 3D images of human bones, the new Extreme Photonic Applications Centre has applications across many sectors of the economy. This technology will create advances in the science and understanding of materials imaging. UKRI will work with a range of industry partners to realise its potential.”
Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Chief Executive Professor
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