NEXTRAY Diffraction Enhanced Imaging (DEI)

Company: NextRay
School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Core team members: Etta Pisano, DJ Connor, Zhong Zhong, Christopher ParhamConcept: Standard X-ray two-dimensional imaging delivers a significant amount of radiation to the patient. Even a single X-ray exposure may contribute to cancer and affect fetal development. NextRay is developing a relatively inexpensive imaging machine that uses a new type of 2D imaging, Diffraction Enhanced Imaging (DEI), which produces highly detailed images, can image soft tissues, and exposes the patient to less than 1% of the radiation dosage of X-ray machines.

“The NextRay team is coming to Rice fresh off of a win at the Carolina Challenge, where it took home the $15,000 first prize award for the commercial track,” says interim COO John Lerch. “[The co-founders] have built a prototype DEI device using an off-the-shelf X-ray tube and detector. Previously, the scientific community was skeptical that DEI images could be produced without the use of a large synchrotron facility, which costs hundreds of millions to billions of dollars to build.”

Timeline: The company plans to acquire funding and a manufacturing partner within the next two years, hold clinical trials in year three, and launch full-scale production and distribution in year four.



It hopes for an acquisition soon after. “We have primarily been speaking with angel investors, and our discussions have been very positive and encouraging to date,” Lerch says. “For the most part they are continuing to look at deals and perform due diligence. Of course, we won’t be able to say anything for sure until we have money in the bank.” -Rose Fox


One thought on “NEXTRAY Diffraction Enhanced Imaging (DEI)

  1. Hello from Panama. I read the news release in April and thought I might introduce our Foundation, A Safer World. We are interested in buying this type of scanner technology for use in a passenger screening modality at international airports. Our Foundation would buy, install and maintain the equipment. We would also train the users and provide the host country with sufficient funding to pay their customs & immigration officers who will man the equipment.

    How are you addressing the FDA approval issues? Do you anticipate a 510K (Substantially the same equipment) process? If so, how long do you anticipate the process will require?

    Do you have an approximate price ranger per scanner? The scanner we seek should be capable of scanning the entire passenger alimentary canal and able to detect both contraband drugs and explosives.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Martin Pender

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