Category: News

01 Jul 2013

4Dx opens Melbourne office

With the beginning of the new financial year, we are pleased to announce that after successfully raising $1 million in seed capital, we have opened our Melbourne office and commenced operations. As a medtech startup, we plan to commercialise our 4D lung imaging software technology, an entirely new approach for pulmonary function testing, with the goal to bring our innovative software technologies into hospitals all over the world. A key ingredient in our progress to date has been support from Commercialisation Australia in the form of mentoring and a Skills and Knowledge Grant.

Lung disease results in the hospitalisation of 350,000 Australians each year and the escalating costs and lack of insight into these lung diseases is increasingly becoming a serious health issue. In fact Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the only one of the world’s top ten killers with an increasing death rate. These matters are not unique to Australia, with over 440,000 Americans dying from lung cancer last year.

28 Jun 2013

Commercial use licence of our lung imaging technology secured

We have successfully completed negotiations with Monash University for exclusive commercial use of our 4-dimensional imaging technology. The agreement covers multiple separate patents that apply across all current major target geographies.

My research team at LDI developed the technology which directly images lung function in the breathing lung, something typically inferred from static images of the lungs’ shape. The technology presents an entirely new approach to pulmonary function testing and has the potential to make a difference in the diagnosis, treatment and management of lung diseases. This technology will detect changes in lung function sooner, with far less radiation than a standard CT scan, and has the potential to revolutionise the way we treat lung diseases.

28 Mar 2013

Tribute to X-ray imaging pioneer Steve Wilkins

It is with great sadness that we remember Australian X-ray physicist Dr Stephen William Wilkins, who suddenly passed away in Melbourne on the 25th of March 2013. Steve’s major contributions to the areas of X-ray methods and X-ray instrumentation paved the way for widespread implementation of hard X-ray phase-contrast imaging in research, as well as in industry and medicine, all areas of which our group’s work belongs. It is by no exaggeration that Steve’s pioneering work forms the solid ground from which our group’s own hard X-ray phase-contrast imaging techniques are based.

Steve’s most influential and highly cited papers: