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Metamaterial head coil for Ultra High Field MRI

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 952106

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 October 2020

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 997 511,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 997 510,75

Coordinated by:

MULTIWAVE TECHNOLOGIES AG

Switzerland

Objective

M-ONE project aims to demonstrate a breakthrough innovative MRI coil for brain imaging at 7 Tesla (7T) enabling a homogeneous and better quality of the image.
Starting from the promising results of the M-CUBE FET-OPEN project n°736937 (MetaMaterial antenna for ultra-high field MRI), the young SME Multiwave Technologies, coordinating the M-ONE project, will with its interdisciplinary consortium (CEA, AMU-Fresnel Institute and UCLouvain) develop a prototype of a MRI head coil that will enable the first artefact-free entire brain images, hence reaching TRL6 at the end of the project.
There is a race to a highly competitive global position in ultra-high field (UHF) MRI. For brain images, the UHF allows a better understanding of brain mechanism and hence a better diagnostic of brain disease. Nevertheless, some issue of radio frequency field inhomogeneities appears at 7T on transmit magnetic field B1+ images. They are translated on brain imaging by three dark areas on brain images, the two temporal lobes and the cerebellum, making diagnosis either impossible or non-conclusive in these regions. During the M-CUBE project, two technologies based on metamaterials have been established to homogenize the brain images. Some partners of the M-CUBE project that constitutes the M-ONE consortium decided to combine these two patented technologies taking the best of each one in order to develop the M-ONE coil. The main objective of the M-ONE is to develop a 7T metamaterial head coil with the best B1+ homogeneity on the market with an equivalent or higher signal-to-noise-ration that the standard 7T head coil. To achieve these coil characteristics, the 7T metamaterial head coil 1Tx/32Rx will be constituted of a metamaterial birdcage coil in transmission (1Tx) combined with a receive array coil (32Rx).
This innovation will place a European SME, Multiwave Technologies, at the pole position of the global MRI Market.

Coordinator

MULTIWAVE TECHNOLOGIES AG

Address

3 Chemin Du Pre Fleuri
1228 Geneva

Switzerland

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 264 165

Participants (4)

MULTIWAVE IMAGING

France

EU Contribution

€ 531 770,55

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 399 284,50

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 398 790,70

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 403 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 952106

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 October 2020

  • End date

    30 September 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 997 511,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 997 510,75

Coordinated by:

MULTIWAVE TECHNOLOGIES AG

Switzerland