Siemens is conducting research into organic detectors for X-rays. This technology has the potential to substantially reduce production costs and also promises better image resolution than is possible with today’s detectors. The innovation involves mixing specific substances into organic detector materials. The substances involved absorb X-ray radiation, which is converted into visible light. Siemens’ global Corporate Technology department is coordinating a three-year government-funded project known as HOP-X, in which the associated technology will be developed and demonstrated. According to experts, initial potential applications include mammography devices and conventional X-ray machines. The picture shows a demonstrator of an organic detector.