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Enchanced Resolution Mammography X-Ray Detector

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
21983
Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
21983
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corporation
One Patriots Park Bedford, MA 01730-2396
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Enchanced Resolution Mammography X-Ray Detector
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,621.00
 

Abstract:

The objective is to develop a detector with better resolution and greater sensitivity than existing X-ray film, thus permitting both earlier discovery of tumors and reduced exposure of patients to ionizing radiation. The system will be based upon gas microstrip detectors (GMDs), a new technology developed by the Department of Energy for high energy physics research. It will detect, with 100 percent efficiency, the characteristic X-rays produced by standard molybdenum targets, and will do so with very high resolution, about 60 microns (roughly half the diameter of a human hair). In Phase I, Spire will use conventional microelectronic manufacturing equipment to fabricate a small GMD, approximately 10 cm by 10 cm, and test its resolution at Texas A&M University; through its work on a GMD- based detector for the Superconducting Supercollider, Texas A&M has the background and experience to quickly and effectively evaluate Spire's design. Phase II will follow with fabrication of a full-scale prototype whose ability to produce high-resolution, low-dose images will be demonstrated by with an ACR Accreditation Phantom.

Principal Investigator:

Edward A. Johnson
6172756000

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Spire Corp.
One Patriots Park Bedford, MA 01730

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No