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MetaMaterials antenna for ultra-high field MRI

Objectif

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.

Appel à propositions

H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
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Coordinateur

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
Adresse
Boulevard Charles Livon 58
13284 Marseille
France
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution de l’UE
€ 1 230 023,75

Participants (10)

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

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Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 233 846,25
Adresse
Shimminck 18
5301 KR Zaltbommel
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TESLA DYNAMIC COILS BV
Pays-Bas
Contribution de l’UE
€ 112 500
Adresse
Schimminck 12
5301KR Zaltbommel
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)