X-Ray Imaging Device In Development for US Air Force

The portable dual-use device from Turner Innovations will provide both fluoroscopic and radiological imaging for diagnosis/treatment of warfighters on-location By DA Reporter / 03 May 2022
Turner to create x-ray imaging device for USAF

Turner Innovations has been awarded a US Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract to develop an operationally deployable dual-use X-ray imaging device for diagnosis/treatment of the modern warfighter. The contract has an estimated value of $749,872. 

The portable dual-use device will provide both fluoroscopic and radiological imaging on-location.

Turner Imaging Systems, a subsidiary of Turner Innovations, has commercialized the Smart-C, the world’s first hyper-portable battery-powered fluoroscopic mini C-arm. Weighing just 16 lbs, the Smart-C provides unparalleled portability and versatility for diagnostic and surgical imaging of extremities.

“Over the course of the next year, we will partner with Air Force Special Operations Command teams to develop novel imaging capabilities to treat soldiers in far-forward environments,” said Michael Orthner, PhD, Product Manager and Director of Business Development at Turner Imaging Systems. “Providing fluoroscopic imaging within the golden hour following a traumatic injury will increase the likelihood of surgical treatment success and prevent death.”

The new X-ray imaging device will have greater power and a larger imaging area for whole-body imaging while retaining the revolutionary features of the Smart-C; reducing lift requirements and improving capabilities closer to the point of injury.

“This capability will enhance austere surgery and enroute critical care capabilities in preparation for the future operating environment,” said Col. John Dorsch, Wing Surgeon, 24th Special Operations Wing. “It will deliver agile, state-of-the-art imaging technology to save lives across the spectrum of conflict – any time, any place.”

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