An Australian hospital is home to a world’s first device that could save millions of lives and help people with common chronic conditions.
A Sydney hospital is now home to the world’s first dedicated lung scanner, in hopes of saving the lives of millions of people with serious lung conditions.
Designed and manufactured in Australia, the XV Scanner can produce detailed lung function information in real time.
Its designers say it will detect disease earlier and can be used to more accurately monitor chronic respiratory conditions.
It is hoped that the device will make a big difference for people with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and asthma.
Developed by Australian medical technology company 4DMedical, the state-of-the-art equipment was unveiled at Prince of Wales Hospital on Thursday.
It will be used by researchers and clinicians at the University of New South Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospital, including leading lung health expert Professor Adam Jaffe.
4DMedical CEO Dr Andreas Fouras described the technology as a “transformative moment in the history of lung health”.
Funding of $28.9 million through the federal government’s $20 billion Future of Medical Research Fund helped make the scanner possible.
Dr Fouras said the process would not have been possible without the financial backing, which funded the development of the scanner technology through to commercialization.
Health Minister Greg Hunt described the scanner as an example of Australia punching above its weight in the world of health and medical research.
“Every Australian should be proud of this breakthrough medical technology platform made in Australia,” he said.
“Our government continues to provide unprecedented support for health and medical research, as we support our best and brightest researchers to turn today’s ideas into breakthrough treatments for tomorrow’s patients.