Portable x-ray machine.

Nowadays, care is very expensive. One of the biggest challenges of the coming decades is to keep care affordable. One possible solution: a portable X-ray device. It’s not only much cheaper to produce, but also to operate it. According to scientist, the moment, that every practitioner had a portable scanner is his pocket, is near.

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“Currently, X-ray machines are huge and require tremendous amounts of electricity,” said Scott Kovaleski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at MU. “In approximately three years, we could have a prototype hand-held X-ray scanner using our invention. The cell-phone-sized device could improve medical services in remote and impoverished regions and reduce health care expenses everywhere.”

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