WASHINGTON – In “Star Trek,” a futuristic device called a tricoder was used to scan new and unfamiliar planets. Now, a similar device may soon be available on earth.
The scientists at Tribogenics, an X-ray technology company, are harnessing energy to create usable and portable X-rays. That technology was created by scientists at University of California, Los Angeles.
Virtually anything is scanable.
It can diagnose a bone fracture in the battlefield, find lead in toys, detect the metallic composition in jewelry, find a wall stud or search for gold and silver.
Just last week, Tribogenics announced it landed $2.5 million in funding from a network of global “angel investors” and Flywheel Ventures. The funds will be used to commercialize the X-ray technology.
The company says it sees a huge opportunity to license its X-ray patents to the global X-ray market, which generates $12 billion annually. It says cheaper equipment is likely to bring down medical costs for people visiting the doctor.