Accuray, a global provider in the field of radiosurgery, was awarded a $1m Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the US Government to be used toward further development of a high-energy X-ray source for Homeland Security applications.

Accuray said that the grant will fund the development of a compact X-ray source with capabilities bundled with a high-energy linear accelerator.

The Phase one of the project, which was also funded by an earlier SBIR grant, was completed in June 2010 and included the analysis and design of the major subsystems for the prototype.

The Phase two will consist of the development of the prototype that is intended to be used as a critical part of cargo scanning systems by the Department of Homeland Security.

Accuray senior vice president and chief operating officer Chris Raanes said that they are pleased to be able to conduct research and development stimulated by the government in anticipation of their future technology needs.