UW startup begins lung cancer detection trials


KA Imaging paired with Grand River Hospital to launch a pilot study of their portable lung screening x-ray detector. The device promises to cut down on the time, cost, and radiation used for the purpose of cancer detection.

KA Imaging’s x-ray imager captures high resolution images of soft tissues. The detector removes bones to look directly within the lung tissue.

This technology also allows the device to easily point out hard-to-see cancers that may be hidden when viewed with other detectors.

The device’s dual-technology collects information from a single radiation exposure.

This approach exposes patients to 50 to 100 times less radiation than the x-ray and CT scans currently used in most hospitals.

The detector captures everything needed in an instant.

KA Imaging’s device allows patients to walk up to the scanner and complete their test in one snapshot.

This technology hopes to eliminate wait times associated with current cancer detection methods.

Clinical trials are in progress at the Grand River Hospital. Thirty patients with lung cancer or  whom present with at-risk benign lesions were selected for pilot testing.

Three of these individuals have already been examined using the device.

The trials mark a big step forwards for KA Imaging. The startup has been working on this project throughout the past decade. The pilot study at Grand River Hospital marks the first practical application of their research.

Amol Karnick, president and CEO of KA Imaging, sees future possibilities for this detector. The device’s mobility presents the opportunity to bring cancer detection to the patient instead of vice versa in the future.

Karnick hopes to facilitate medical care in rural and remote global communities using this technology.

KA Imaging plans to launch a commercial version of the device later this year.

The company continues to work towards their end goal of replacing all x-ray machines globally.