THE University of the West of Scotland’s first spinout company has raised £1.5 million.

Novosound has developed a technique to mass-manufacture printable ultrasound sensors.

The new method overcomes the limitations of existing technology by improving a manufacturing process, which hasn’t majorly changed in more than 40 years.

Novosound’s investors are Par Equity, Kelvin Capital, Gabriel, the Scottish Investment Bank, the EOS Technology Investment Syndicate and Investing Women.

Commonly known for its use in maternity wards and other hospital departments, ultrasound imaging can also be applied in industrial settings, such as detecting cracks in pipes in the oil and gas industry.

Dr Dave Hughes of novosound’s said: “The manufacturing of ultrasound sensors has not changed in more than four decades, limiting their effectiveness in certain industrial settings.”