Innovative scintillators for medical diagnostics

Summary of the technology

The subject of the offer is technology of vinyl monomers block polymerization in a specialized reactor to produce polymer scintillators.
Application: as main part of scanners used for computer tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).

Jagiellonian University

Details of the Technology Offer

Scintillators are chemical substances whose particles, when subjected to effects of ionising radiation, reach an excited state or undergo ionisation, and their return to the basic state results in the emission of photons with specifi c wavelengths. They are main part of scanners used in tomography technologies, but presently, annihilation gamma quanta are measured by scintillators built from expensive, inorganic crystals.

Thus significant costs reduction of the CT scanner by replacing expensive inorganic scintillators with cheap polymer ones is an important problem in cancer diagnostics and monitoring of anticancer therapy. Polymer scintillators are produced by dissolving scintillating additions in refi ned liquid monomer and by initiating polymerization reaction, but to conduct the process safely and to obtain a homogeneous polymer product it is necessary to design a specialized reactor.

Offered IP relates to:

√ technology of quite simple and inexpensive synthesis of polymeric scintillators whose scintillating features are similar to characteristics of available wavelength shifters. This technology is patented in the area of Poland (patent no. PL 227854, granted 7/09/2017), EPO and USA;

√ technology of construction of the reactor which enables obtaining a homogeneous polimer in a form of long strips or plates without optical heterogeneities. This technology is subject to a patent application in the area of Poland and abroad (with priority date 28/04/2018).

Further development of the invention is under progress at Jagiellonian University.

Desired business relationship

Patent licensing

Technology development

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Related Keywords

  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine, Human Health
  • Medical Health related
  • Covid-19
  • Diagnostic
  • Medical equipment
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Welfare technologies
  • medical diagnostics
  • computer tomography
  • positron emission tomography
  • scintillator

About Jagiellonian University

Jagiellonian University, founded 1364, is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest worldwide. The research and teaching activities are conducted at 15 faculties, including the Medical College (Collegium Medicum). Over 3,700 researchers work at the university and the total number of students is about 50,000.

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