“We help doctors see inside the human body better”, says Andrew Bissell, founder of Voxar. His company has developed software that takes the output from medical scanners and turns it into high-quality 3D images that can be displayed on a standard desktop computer rather than an expensive workstation.
Bissell had hoped to sell his imaging software to computer-games designers, but when his attempts failed he put it to use in medicine.
The technology is currently being used to screen for colon cancer and to measure coronary calcium. It is credited with helping to save the life of Bob Frost, the Australian marathon runner, after a near-fatal aneurysm. Deals with hospitals worldwide have boosted sales at the Edinburgh firm by 258% a year from £131,000 in 1999 to £1.7m in 2001, with big losses. Voxar has raised more than £8m in venture capital.
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