Scanner from SA stars on hit show

2013-06-15 00:00

A SOUTH African scanning device is the star in the latest Grey’s Anatomy season.

In a recent episode, Dr Owen Hunt (played by Kevin McKidd) presents the Lodox scanner as “the most cutting-edge tool in diagnostic technology”.

The Lodox, designed, built and distributed in South Africa, is the only system in the world providing a quality X-ray image up to 1,8m in length in just 13 seconds.

Other machines take up to 20 minutes, making this a time- and life-saving device in hospital trauma units around the world. The Lodox is also much safer — emitting up to 10 times less harmful rays.

Lodox CEO Pieter de Beer says: “In an emergency trauma situation, our technology puts time on the surgeon’s side, which translates into saving lives. In normal situations, surgeons first need to stabilise patients before they can get imaging information, whereas with our machine, they have this information from the beginning. So Lodox can help make the golden hour longer.”

Lodox was first developed for use on the diamond mines of South Africa to prevent smuggling and theft of diamonds by miners.

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