Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) launched a portable MRI scanner in India in June 2018.
The scanner is developed by VoxelGrids, a Bengaluru based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology start-up supported by FISE.
The MRI machine can be mounted on a truck and transported to the remotest villages. The 1.5 Tesla whole-body scanner is three to four times faster than other MRI machines, said Tata Trust in a press release.
The machine cuts down the cost of MRI significantly besides enabling exceptional acceleration of the scans. 2D scans can be accelerated by factors of 6-12 while 3D scans can be accelerated by factors of 18 or more.
The two-hour switch-on feature of the made-in-India portable MRI scanner is also an added attraction. MRI scanners usually take a week to be made functional if fully turned off as they lose all their liquid helium. This makes the turn-off and turn-on process quite expensive and time-consuming.
The current MRI scanners are heavy.
They are also expensive and unaffordable to many people. Moreover, these MRI machines have limited ability to image moving organs like the human heart, which results in failure to diagnose heart diseases. This MRI scanner addresses these limitations, according to VoxelGrids.