MPXS would provide greatly enhanced imaging capabilities for the dental and limited MSK imaging of current interest to NASA. MPXS systems would go beyond the capabilities currently planned by enabling 3D/tomographic imaging, which will be particularly useful in MSK imaging and could be useful in some dental imaging. In addition, MPXS can be used for a much greater number of medical conditions of interest to NASA, particularly head and neck injuries, several conditions requiring imaging of the chest area and dual energy X-ray osteoporosis imaging. The specific gaps the proposed work addresses are 4.02 (We do not have the capability to provide non-invasive medical imaging during exploration missions) and 3.03 (We do not know which emerging technologies are suitable for in-flight screening, diagnosis, and treatment during exploration missions). Although not a focus in Phase I, MPXS can also be used for applications such as 4.27 (We do not have the capability to sterilize medical equipment during exploration missions). Sections of MPXS sources can be configured for x-ray sterilization. Other applications could include sources for a range of instruments NASA uses on space missions, including XRF and XRD. The sources carried on board for imaging applications could be used for sample analysis both on spacecraft and bases and perhaps even during excursions. Pencil beam secti
There are many commercial applications of the core technology to be developed in this project, including a wide range of medical and industrial imaging systems. Stellarray?s smart x-ray sources can be used in various x-ray medical imaging systems. Stellarray will develop some systems on its own and sell sources for other applications where larger companies are better suited to clinical trials and market entry. MPXS sources will be sold to other developers, particularly at universities in medical schools, a number of which have asked for our resources as they are developed. They could be sold at $75K range to these developers for a good business line. By the time NASA is testing it be MPXS devices for missions there could be a reasonably sized installed base at universities that could also contribute application designs and reconstruction algorithms.