Today digital devices are the state of the art in x-ray imaging. For developing countries and emerging markets, however, they are often too costly, and x-ray films are still widely used in these locations as a result. Cheaper digital detectors would make digital x-rays affordable in these markets. The results from the HOP-X (Hybridorganische Photodetektoren für die Radiographie, support code: 13N12377) project offer good prospects of being able to reduce these costs. As part of this German grant project, Siemens, Merck, the Leibniz Institute for New Materials and CAN GmbH devoted three years to researching materials and manufacturing processes for improved and lower-cost detectors.
“What we discovered proved so promising that we now have funding to develop these products to the point where they can be put into practical use,” report organic electronics experts Oliver Schmidt and Sandro Tedde. They have been involved in this project from the outset, initially for Corporate Technology and now for Healthcare. As they did with HOP-X, they are also coordinating the new DiCoMo (Direct conversion hybrid-organic X-ray detectors on metal oxide backplane, support code: 643920) project, but this time with EU funding.