Technology ID

Magnetic Resonance Magnification Imaging

Linked ID
Jun Shen (NIMH)
Lead Inventors
Jun Shen (NIMH)
Development Stages
Pre-clinical (in vivo)
Development Status
  • Early-stage
  • In vivo data available (animal)
Commercial Applications
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Environmental Sampling/Testing
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance
With conventional MRI, it is inherently time-consuming to generate high dimensional images with high spatial resolution. This invention, inspired by optical magnification, uses a fundamentally different approach to MRI image formation. It uses specially designed radiofrequency pulses to interact with the magnetic field gradient, wherein the region of interest is filled with more pixels resulting in increased spatial resolution and reduced overall scan times. Currently, 3-fold magnification has been achieved in vivo. This invention allows the magnification of predefined regions of interest and improved diagnostic images for the same scan time.
Competitive Advantages
  • Magnified image with increased image resolution at regions of interest
  • A 3-fold increase in spatial resolution at regions of interest in vivo in comparison to traditional MRI scans
  • Reduced scan time
  • Patient friendly - with reduced scan time, there is less patient discomfort especially for those who experience claustrophobia

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