MRI is used by clinicians to diagnose medical problems by spotting abnormalities that could indicate anything from a torn meniscus to muscular dystrophy. But MRIs are expensive, expose patients to radiation, and they take a long time – often the greater part of an hour for a single scan. Finding enough MRI time for waiting patients can be a problem, even in US hospitals, but in hospitals in countries like India, waiting periods of a year or more can put patients’ lives at risk.
So how do we speed up the MRI process without jeopardizing the quality of imaging?
Development of new magnetic metamaterial that, when placed beside the body part that is the target of a scan, boosts the energy emitted by the patient’s body, increasing SNR and improving MRI imaging. The magnetic metamaterial, which is made of simple copper wiring and plastic
In milliseconds long, it allows clinicians to use the intelligent metamaterial to enhance the energy sent back to the MRI. It also diminishes the patient’s overall exposure to radio wave radiation and mitigates potential safety concerns, easing the path toward adoption of this technology in clinical imaging.
Discuss your opinion upon this new development . will this be adopted by hospitals and Lab’s? Will this make the MRI affordable?
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