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Is triboluminescence future of Xray generation?

Can you imaging a mobile sized Xray source and its implication for rural telemedicine set up and patient centric approach to management. People are already working on this.

"A California startup called Tribogenics is using a novel method of producing X-rays, fleshed out by Darpa-funded research at UCLA, to make X-ray emitters sturdier and more portable. The firm derives its name from a natural process called triboluminescence. When some materials—tape, sugar, or famously, Wint-O-Green Life Savers—are pulled apart, positive and negative charges separate and, like lightning, reunite in a flash of light. Meanwhile, Tribogenics is working on their own portable X-ray device, called the Pocket XRF. The device is designed for recycling and precious metal identification, but the firm is also developing devices for medical diagnostics and therapy. The power of mobile medicine to serve the underserved may, in coming years, be greater than we imagine today."

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Is triboluminescence future of Xray generation? Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Rating: 5

1 comment:

Dr. B. N. Behera said...

Novel Idea !!! It is beyond our imagination that such a small device would be available. It will be very helpful for rural poor in countries like India. What is the cost and when it is going to be available in market? And can it be linked to telemedicine device so that expert Radiologist can be consulted ?

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