Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) has announced the development of a high-tech portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, a first ever in the country, designed to make MRI affordable and accessible for everyone

 

Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) has announced the development of a high-tech portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, a first ever in the country, designed to make MRI affordable and accessible for everyone. A team of highly talented engineers at Voxelgrids, an incubatee of Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE), have been able to achieve this radical innovation in 24 months. The 1.5 Tesla whole body MRI scanner will make MRI scans 3 to 4 times faster, compared to other scanners that are currently available in the market. This will reduce the cost of an MRI scan significantly.

The scanner is compact, extremely light weight and consumes far less power. It will also enable the deployment of fully portable whole-body high field MRI scanners. This system can be mounted on a truck and taken to small towns in the remotest parts of the country, for real-time imaging of patients at district level or even primary health centres.

Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, said, “Innovation and entrepreneurship require creativity, hard-work and endurance to succeed. I am pleased that the MRI project team has demonstrated this. It also requires an enabling ecosystem to ensure that the most talented innovators are encouraged to take entrepreneurial risks and create positive social, economic and environmental impact.”

 

 

 

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