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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Tomography Solutions out of 214
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 214 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 HealthTech startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 209 tomography solutions, get in touch.
Survon enables Live Cancer Cell Imaging
Early cancer detection is often possible through image screening. However, two-dimensional images do not represent the full picture as cancer cells are surrounded by other cells. Hence, 3D imaging of cancer cells is emerging as a tool for more effective diagnosis. Startups are working towards such solutions to capture even the finest details in tumors.
Survon is a US-based startup that uses micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) technology to scan individual live cancer cells in three dimensions. The startup uses computer vision to identify the micro-level information and changes in the cancer cells from the 3D images. With machine learning, the startup’s solution creates a personalized digital version of the tumor, allowing physicians to monitor, analyze, and predict it.
Sirius XT offers Soft X-Ray Tomography
Imaging cells in high-resolution 3D detects rare events within the cells. This makes x-ray microscopy much more effective than traditional light and electron microscopy. For instance, in drug delivery studies, x-ray microscopy identifies key sub-cellular changes which conventional electron microscopy often misses, as it examines only a few sections from the entire cell. This is why HealthTech startups are developing soft x-ray tomography solutions to image the internal structure of intact biological cells at the nanoscale.
Irish startup Sirius XT develops a high-resolution soft x-ray microscope, SXT100. It quantitatively images the subcellular organization of hydrated cells up to 15μm thick at resolutions up to 40 nm in their native state. The soft x-ray light source is based on laser-produced plasma emission, producing a tiny fireball that illuminates the subcellular regions. The self-healing optics then collect, filter, and focus the soft x-rays onto the cell sample to be imaged. Unlike other microscopy methods, the startup’s solution does not need stains or other contrast-enhancing agents.
GratXray develops a Grating-Interferometry Breast Computed-Tomography (GI-BCT) System
Mammograms are the most common imaging test to detect breast cancer. However, the false-positive rate of the 2D images is high. MRI is used in some cases, but it is expensive and not recommended for screening in general. To resolve this, startups are developing solutions based on Grating-Interferometry Breast-Computed-Tomography (GI-BCT) that capture detailed images without causing any pain to the patients.
Swiss startup GratXray develops a GI-BCT system. This technology provides images with high contrast for soft tissues, which helps in identifying and delineating fine tissues. Combining absorption with scatter images allows discrimination of different tissue types, based on their internal microstructure. With volumetric 3D imaging capability, the CT solution improves breast tumor detection without any contrast agents, as well as reduces false positives.
Advanced Breast-CT GmbH provides a Spiral CT Scanner
Traditional mammograms compress the breasts, which makes the process painful for the patients. As a result, HealthTech startups are deploying spiral CT technology for scanning breasts. It does not exert any pressure on the breasts. Moreover, various studies show that the image quality of dedicated breast CT scanning is significantly better than 2D mammography.
Advanced Breast-CT is a German startup that provides nu:view, a spiral CT scanner for breasts. The detector is made of cadmium telluride (CdTe) and uses single photon-counting technology to create up to 2.000 projection images in a single rotation around a breast. The full spiral scan takes 7 to 12 seconds and acquires images of the breast in 3D without superimposition and clear soft-tissue differentiation. Moreover, unlike other breast scans, this process does not involve compressing the breasts, maximizing patient comfort.
Asto CT offers Veterinary Tomography
In animals, CT imaging is useful for investigating diseases of the head, including dental abnormalities, problems of the sinuses and nasal passages, traumatic injuries of the skull, headshaking, and neurological diseases. But the traditional CT setup is not veterinary-friendly. Hence, HealthTech startups are developing CT especially designed for animals, for example, horses.
US-based startup Asto CT develops Equina, a multi-slice helical CT solution that allows simultaneous imaging of two horse limbs. It images bone and soft tissue of limb pairs up to carpus or tarsus of standing patients. This makes it ideal for detecting pathology under weight-bearing conditions. It also offers low radiation leakage and dose levels to allow handlers and operators to stay with the equine patient, enabling better safety. Additionally, the CT is accessed at ground level, allowing for rapid setup and scanning.
Discover more Healthcare Startups
Healthcare startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on medical imaging, diagnostics, and cancer detection. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the healthcare industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more healthcare technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Healthcare Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.