Australians with lung conditions will be able to access the world’s first and only dedicated lung scanner, which was developed and built in Australia, at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
Called the XV Scanner, the lung scanner uses an automated scanning process to produce detailed lung function information in real time.
The XV Scanner helps to detect disease earlier and more accurately monitor chronic respiratory conditions, providing new hope for those living with lung conditions such as COPD, cystic fibrosis and asthma.
“Every Australian should be proud of this ground-breaking Australian-made medical technology platform,” says Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt.
“The development of the XV Scanner is a wonderful example of Australia again punching above its weight in the world of health and medical research.”
Developed by global medical technology company 4DMedical, the XV Scanner will be used by researchers and clinicians from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, including eminent lung health expert Professor Adam Jaffe, who is currently the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics at UNSW.
Chief Executive Officer of 4DMedical, Dr Andreas Fouras, describes its development as a “transformative moment in lung health history”.
He says the XV Scanner would not have been possible without the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) investment.
The Government has provided $28.9 million through the MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Initiative to develop and commercialise the scanner.