The British Government has today announced it is investing £32million into cutting-edge healthcare technology.
They will be formally announced by Science Minister, Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, later today at the launch of London Tech Week.
It includes funding for six pieces of healthcare technology at the very forefront of medicine and could offer new avenues into treatment and diagnostics for millions.
The investments range in size from £3.2 million to £6.1 million and will go to the universities leading the projects.
The funding will come via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
One of the projects, led by the University of Edinburgh, that will get finding is called Inlighten Us and hopes to use infrared lasers to improve the ability to spot internal diseases. It will use AI to rapidly form 3D scans of tissues inside the body and help to rapidly identify any anomalies
'Throughout this global pandemic, the NHS has continued to be there for us all and to treat cancer patients and those living with chronic illness as a priority,' said Innovation minister Lord Bethel.
Professor Dame Lynn Gladden adds: 'The projects announced today will develop new approaches which could become routine in the NHS and community and home care in the coming decades.'
One of the projects, led by the University of Edinburgh, is called Inlighten Us and hopes to use infrared lasers to improve the ability to spot internal diseases.
It will use AI to rapidly create 3D scans of tissues inside the body and help to rapidly identify any anomalies.
The trial will focus on creating a version which can be used on hospital ards or in GP surgeries ut, by 2050, the academics leading the ambitious project hope to integrate the tech into airport-like scanners.
The idea is that a person could walk through and by the time they have exitted, their body has been thoroughly imaged by the lasers.
The AI will then compile the scans and offer a provisional diagnosis. The airport-scanner model will not be ready until 2050, the researchers say.
Ahead of her keynote speech at London Tech Week, Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: 'The pioneering projects we are backing today will help modernise healthcare, improving all of our lives now and into the future.
'Today's announcement is part of our ambitious R&D Roadmap and underlines our commitment to back our incredible scientists and researchers and invest in ground-breaking research to keep the UK ahead in cutting-edge discoveries.'
InlightenUs - £5.4 million - University of Edinburgh
Use a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and infra-red lasers to produce fast, high resolution 3D medical images, helping to identify diseases in patients more quickly.
Will initially be developed for use on hospital wards and GP surgeries, and by 2050 aims to scale up to walk through airport style X-Ray scanner.
emPOWER - £6million - University of Bristol
Develop artificial robotic muscular assistance to help restore strength in people who have lost muscle capability.
Highly targeted robotics which will help disabled people overcome the limitations of current wearable assistive technology.
NISNEM - £5.5million - Imperial College London
Non-Invasive Single Neuron Electrical Monitoring technology (NISNEM) will also use AI