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MetaMaterials antenna for ultra-high field MRI

Objetivo

M-Cube aims at changing the paradigm of High-Field MRI and Ultra High-Field antennas to offer a much better insight on the human body and enable earlier detection of diseases. Our main objective is to go beyond the limits of MRI clinical imaging and radically improve spatial and temporal resolutions. The clinical use of High-field MRI scanners is drastically limited due to the lack of homogeneity and to the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of the Radio Frequency (RF) fields associated with the magnetic resonance.
The major way to tackle and solve these problems consists in increasing the number of active RF antennas, leading to complex and expensive solutions. M-Cube solution relies on innovative systems based upon passive metamaterial structures to avoid multiple active elements. These systems are expected to make High-Field MRI fully diagnostically relevant for physicians.
To achieve these expectations, M-Cube consortium will develop a disruptive metamaterial antenna technology. This we will able us to tackle both the lack of homogeneity and SAR barriers. Metamaterials are composite structured manmade materials designed to produce effective properties unavailable in nature (e.g. negative optical index). They allow us to tailor electromagnetic waves at will. Thus, the scientifically ambitious idea is to develop antennas based on this unique ability for whole body coil. This technological breakthrough will be validated by preclinical and clinical tests with healthy volunteers. M-Cube gathers an interdisciplinary consortium composed of academic leaders in the field, eight universities, and two promising SMEs. Physicists, medical doctors and industrial actors will work closely all along the implementation of the project to guarantee the success this novel approach, a “patient-centered” solution which will pave the way for a more accurate diagnosis in the context of personalized medicine and will enable to detect a disease much earlier that is currently possible.

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Coordinador

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
Dirección
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
Francia
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Aportación de la UE
€ 1 230 023,75

Participantes (10)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 705 256,25
Dirección
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Bélgica
Aportación de la UE
€ 318 941,25
Dirección
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Francia
Aportación de la UE
€ 312 250
Dirección
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Tipo de actividad
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT
Países Bajos
Aportación de la UE
€ 468 778,75
Dirección
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finlandia
Aportación de la UE
€ 313 125
Dirección
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ITMO UNIVERSITY
Rusia
Aportación de la UE
€ 0
Dirección
Kronverksky Pr. 49, Bldg. A
197101 St Petersburg
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Australia
Aportación de la UE
€ 0
Dirección
Liversidge Street 1 Building 67C
0200 Canberra
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MULTIWAVE TECHNOLOGIES AG
Suiza
Aportación de la UE
€ 250 625
Dirección
34 Route De La Galaise
1228 Plan-les-ouates
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MR COILS BV

La participación finalizó

Países Bajos
Aportación de la UE
€ 233 846,25
Dirección
Shimminck 18
5301 KR Zaltbommel
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TESLA DYNAMIC COILS BV
Países Bajos
Aportación de la UE
€ 112 500
Dirección
Schimminck 12
5301KR Zaltbommel
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)