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COMPACT MRI BODY SCANNERS USING STATEOF-THE-ART PERMANENT MAGNETS

Objective

This proposal is primarily an engineering project, and the direct outcome of a successful industrial specific feasibility study by the prime proposer financed under a BRITE/EURAM programme.

The object is to develop and optimize prototypes of an innovative "compact" MRI scanner.
The project is primarily an engineering project, and the direct outcome of a successful industrial specific feasibility study by the prime proposer financed under a BRITE/EURAM programme.

The object is to develop and optimise prototypes of an innovative compact magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.

The important area of medicine, for which this device is aimed, ensures a large potential worldwide market. To date no equivalent permanent magnet MRI scanner has been built, bringing together as it does the theoretical ideas developed in the feasibility study and the new imaging process developed by the other major partner. The use of the term compact MRI scanner implies here a new device with the ability to be used in a wide variety of medical diagnostic situations, not previously (or in some cases perhaps very expensive) available from MRI whole body scanners.

The key to the market potential is this ability now to reduce costs to such a degree as to enable such units to be used in routine hospital and clinic situations. The key technology is in place to achieve this goal. Hundreds of thousands of such units of potential sales, worldwide, makes this growth area worth of the order of 30 billion European currency units (ECU) by the end of the century.

Partners consisting of manufacturers, image processing laboratories and hospital diagnostic departments, have been assembled to ensure through continuous collaboration a successful proposal.

Evaluation includes cranial and craniofacial, noninvasive analysis of bone morphology in edentulous patients and similar diagnosis and monitoring of treatment of limbs, joints etc as well as comparative studies of imaging methods.

Since the compact scanner will permit full body scans of the newborn, the potential for noninvasive neonatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies affecting all the major systems is immense.
The important area of medicine, for which this device is aimed, ensures a large potential worldwide market. To date no equivalent permanent magnet MRI scanner has been built, bringing together as it does the theoretical ideas developed in the feasibility study and the new imaging process developed by the other major partner. The use of the term "compact" MRI scanner implies here a new device with the ability to be used in a wide variety of medical diagnostic situations, not previously (or in some cases perhaps very expensive) available from MRI whole-body scanners.

The key to the market potential is the ability now to reduce costs to such a degree as to enable such units to be used in routine hospital and clinic situations. The key technology is in place to achieve this goal. Hundreds of thousands of such units of potential sales, worldwide, makes this growth area worth of the order of 30 billion ECU by the end of the century.

Partners consisting of manufacturers, image processing laboratories and hospital diagnostic departments, have been assembled to ensure through continuous collaboration a successful proposal.

Evaluation includes the following medical areas as well as comparative studies of imaging methods.

- Cranial and craniofacial, non-invasive evaluation of bone morphology in edentulous patients.
- Similar diagnosis and monitoring of treatment of limbs, joints etc.
- Since the compact scanner will permit full body scans of the newborn, the potential for non-invasive neo-natal diagnosis of congenital anomalies affecting all the major systems is immense.

Coordinator

Computer Magnetics Ltd
Address
57 Carr Road Deepcar
S30 5PR Sheffield
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

Hudson Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
243 Crookesmoor Road
S6 3FQ Sheffield
Investigaciones Tecnicas Industriales SA
Spain
Address
Carretera De Burgos Km 11.5
28034 Madrid
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Spain
Address
Avenida Complutense
28040 Madrid
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid
Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Belgium
Address
Route De Lennik 808
1070 Brussels
University of Manchester
United Kingdom
Address
Higher Cambridge Street
M15 6FH Manchester
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
M60 1QD Manchester