Healthcare is becoming the new favourite of tech innovators and it should be, as health access is getting costlier every day.
Going in the revolutionary direction, Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) has developed a high-tech portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, designed to make MRI affordable and accessible for everyone. The product was developed within a period of two years by a group of engineers at Voxelgrids, which is incubated in the foundation.
Currently very few players exist in this segment: Philips, GE, Toshiba, Siemens and few more.
In a statement to the press, FISE said that the 1.5 Tesla whole body MRI scanner can make MRI scans four times faster, compared to other scanners that are currently available in the market while consuming less power and being light weight hence easy to carry.
The 1.5 Tesla whole body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner has been developed at a total investment of $2.2M (Rs 15 crore) by a team of eight scientists and engineers.
As the cost of the MRI machine will less, so will be the cost of MRI scan.
"What we have developed is that only on the basis of scientific innovation, we can reduce that cost by 50 per cent," CEO FISE Manoj Kumar told .
"Between August and December we will be parallelly working on human clinical trials for the scanner and design plan for manufacturing. Our plan is that by 2019 the product should be in the market," Kumar said.
A further investment of $1.5M( Rs 10 crore) would be made for manufacturing.
Highlighting the advantages of the innovation, he said the new MRI can scan 3 to 4 times faster than those currently available in the market.
"Moreover, due to its light weight, this whole system can be mounted on a truck and taken to small towns for real-time imaging of patients in remote areas," he added.
Kumar said the idea behind the innovation is to reduce the cost of MRI scan and make it accessible to all patients.
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