The new device is much less expensive than conventional scans and uses artificial intelligence to process the data
Medicine is becoming a luxury for the poor class of society. According to a WHO study, two-thirds of people do not have the possibility of an X-ray scan. Companies are therefore trying to develop increasingly accessible technologies, modifying existing devices or introducing new products. Nanox, together with Foxconn, is in the process of revolutionizing X-ray scanning.
In hospitals, the techniques are analogue and need bulky machines that require an enormous amount of energy. This weighs on hospital bills and, consequently, on patients’ wallets. Nanox.arc is a futuristic X-ray bed that looks a lot like the equipment seen in Star Trek and is much less expensive than current equipment. The analysis takes place via the ring that moves along the bed.
Nanox.arc offers analysis based on artificial intelligence and cloud services to clinics. This would result in a significant cost reduction. The other great innovation is the business model that Nanox intends to promote. No longer the purchase of the machine but a “pay-per-scan” offer, i.e. a payment for each analysis performed. In this way, the hospital will have an easier recurring expense than the final purchase.
The timing is still uncertain, Nanox plans to start production of 15000 units “in the near future”. The goal of Nanox and Foxconn is to give everyone the opportunity to have one X-ray scan per year. The mission aims to detect cancer and other medical problems that are usually difficult to find, trying to increase prevention and, consequently, people’s quality of life.