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Samsung develops X-ray machine technology that sharply cuts radiation exposure

By Yonhap
  • Published : Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27
  • Updated : Oct 11, 2017 - 10:27
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, a research body under Samsung Electronics Co., said Wednesday it has developed a new technology for X-ray machines that can cut radiation exposure by 90 percent.

Researchers from Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University made the breakthrough by adopting perovskite, a chemical compound, which helps to cut production costs while also improving detectors' sensitivity.

This image, representing the application of perovskite to X-ray technologies, was released by Samsung Electronics Co. on Oct. 11, 2017. (Yonhap)

Samsung said that as the new X-ray system comes with better sensitivity, it is capable of collecting data while exposing patients to less radiation.

The commercialization of the technology will also pave the way for the creation of X-ray devices that can scan full bodies, as previous methods had limitations the size of detectors.

"If we overcome the remaining technological hurdles," Samsung said, "it could lead to advances in X-ray medical imaging technology that cuts radiation exposure to one tenth that of existing machines." (Yonhap)