UK imaging companies win Queen's Awards for Enterprise
On the Queen's 90th birthday, several UK photonics companies have won Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, including those supplying imaging technology.
Specialised Imaging and Vision RT both received a 2016 Queen’s Award, which honours outstanding achievement in international trade, innovation and sustainable development.
Specialised Imaging was recognised for its Kirana ultra high-speed video camera, which captures images at a frame rate of up to up to five million frames per second.
Launched in late 2012, the Kirana incorporates a hybrid image sensor that can deliver high resolution and high speed simultaneously – the full resolution of the video camera is maintained at all speeds.
The camera offers comprehensive triggering facilities, highly accurate timing control and a wide range of output signals, coupled with a software package that simplifies image capture and analysis for scientific research applications.
Vision RT, based in London, won for its AlignRT product for surface guided radiation therapy (SGRT). SGRT is a form of radiation therapy during which the patient’s surface, and hence their position in 3D, is tracked in real time both before and during treatment.
AlignRT is a video-based tracking system, which alerts the user if the patient moves beyond a predefined tolerance.