Cooperative Research Centres case study: EMvision Medical Devices

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Publication Date: 
October 2020
Case study from: Industry Innovation and Science Australia annual reports

Some of Australia’s leading researchers are collaborating through a Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) project CRC to deliver a monitoring device for stroke and brain injury patients.

The researchers are:

  • EMvision Medical Devices
  • GE Healthcare
  • Metro South Hospital and Health Services
  • the University of Queensland

The device is:

  • portable
  • non-invasive
  • non-ionising

It will support early on-site diagnosis and ongoing monitoring.

The CRC program provided  $2.6 million in funding. There has also been over $8 million in partner contributions.

EMvision’s brain scanner device works by creating rapid 3D images of the brain. It uses the same type of electromagnetic waves mobile phones use but for medical imaging.

EMvision’s portable head imaging system uses non-ionising radiation. This means it can be frequently used on patients for post-stroke monitoring. It operates at a safe signal level. It is one-tenth of the power of a mobile phone. It contains innovative algorithms for rapid scanning, processing and image reconstruction.

The portable brain scanning device is the product of over a decade of research and development at The University of Queensland.

It is now moving towards its pilot clinical trial. This will collect imaging data from ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke patients. The trial will run at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane.

“The difference between permanent disability or death and a positive recovery is timely diagnosis and treatment.” EMvision CEO John Keep.

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