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Non-Profit and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation Enter into Agreements to Use X-Ray Technology for Improved Medical Diagnostics in Developing Nations

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A Knoxville-based non-profit organization has signed license agreements with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) to use a portable x-ray imaging device and an associated medical image–generating software. This technology will provide better access to affordable diagnostic imaging in developing nations.

“We are excited to see this technology developed at the University of Tennessee have an opportunity to   expand health care options to communities where it is greatly needed,” said UTRF Vice President Stacey Patterson.

A team of faculty and students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in the UT Institute of Agriculture developed the device and the software. Members of the team are John Wilkerson, professor; David Martin, and undergraduate students Fatima Murillo, Ashley Smith and Magen Shedden. Knoxville physician Dr. Charlie Barnett and Alexander Pasciak, associate professor in the Department of Radiology in the Graduate School of Medicine at UT Medical Center also collaborated on the project.

Under the terms of the agreements, the non-profit wishes to remain anonymous.

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Melissa Dos Santos, UTRF


Category: Research