Engineering solution for magnetic materials to significantly decrease costs of MRI research | 1/9/2018 | Staff
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Researchers from the NUST MISIS Engineering Center for Industrial Technologies have developed an innovative technology for the production of magnetic materials and permanent magnets at a reduced cost. This engineering solution will allow scientists to produce affordable and efficient domestic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices for wide use in public health clinics. According to the developers' estimates, it will reduce the cost of analysis with new MRI technology by half.

Magnetic resonance imaging is one of the most effective diagnostic methods in modern medicine. The diagnosis of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and musculoskeletal diseases in their early stages are all done with the help of MRI machines.

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Due to its technical nature, an MRI machine can have ultraweak, weak, medium, strong, and superstrong magnetic fields. The highest quality pictures are taken by using superconducting magnetic systems generating very strong magnetic fields. However, MRI machines based on superconducting magnets provide the highest image resolution, although these machines are difficult to make and expensive to operate. That is why the procedures are generally inaccessible to most patients—it's simply too expensive for the clinic or hospital to use the machine.

When considering the savings gained from using the new MRI machines, most small clinics and private-practice doctors will prefer these cheaper, low-field MRI machines, which cover the overwhelming majority of most common diagnostic tests. Large hospitals, especially those interested in local spectroscopy and research in the field of functional tomography, will retain their interest in machines with stronger magnetic fields, but they will also buy scanners with weak and medium-sized fields as second and third installations for mass screening.

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