Serac Imaging Systems, based in Thames Ditton, is to launch an innovative, new hybrid Gamma Optical camera for medical applications. The new system is scheduled to be available from 2021 and will be portable, smaller, easier to use and more cost effective than anything that exists on the market today. It will bring the huge potential benefits of molecular imaging to patients whether in operating room, an intensive care unit, a physician’s office or even a remote village in the developing world.
The high resolution imaging system is based on hybrid gamma and optical imaging technology originally developed for space observation applications by the University of Leicester. It was then further developed for the medical sector, with support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), in a collaboration between the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester and the Queens Medical Centre at the University of Nottingham.
As part of the ongoing development of the project, Serac Imaging Systems has signed up to the national SPRINT programme. SPRINT will provide Serac Imaging Systems with funded access to technology, expertise and support from programme partner, the University of Leicester to extend the performance of the system and to build a prototype for the proposed applications.
David Hail, CEO of Serac Imaging Systems said: “This collaboration with the University of Leicester through the SPRINT awards is a big step forward in our work to make the huge benefits of molecular imaging more accessible to patients, wherever they are and so to fulfil the commercial promise of the current working prototype Hybrid Gamma Optical Camera.”
John Lees, Emeritus Professor at University of Leicester commented: “We are very excited to work with SIS to commercialise our hybrid imaging technology, first pioneered for the EPIC and Chandra space missions, which will have significant benefit for healthcare worldwide.” Prof Martin Barstow, Academic Lead for the SPRINT programme said: “This is a wonderful example of the kind of project SPRINT was designed to deliver, helping small companies access the expertise and technology available in universities, to develop and sustain their business, contributing to the growth of the space economy.”