CSR : Tata Trusts to develop a high-tech portable MRI scanner with 2 years

These developments will reduce the cost of an MRI scan significantly and will expand the scope of diseases that MRI can be employed to diagnose. It will also enable the deployment of fully portable whole-body high field MRI scanners.

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NEW DELHI: Tata Trusts’ Foundation for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (FISE) said that it will development a high-tech portable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, a first ever in the country, designed to make MRI affordable and accessible for everyone.

This system can be mounted on a truck and taken to smaller towns or remotest parts of the country, for real-time imaging of patients at district level or even primary health centres.

A group of 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, Tata said in a statement today.

The MRI scanner will make scans 3 to 4 times faster, compared to other scanners. It will compact, light weight and consume lesser power.

Ratan N. Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, said, “Innovation and entrepreneurship requires 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.”, he added.

MRI is a completely safe Imaging modality as it is free of ionizing radiation. It also provides exquisite tissue contrast that other imaging modalities like X-RAY and CT cannot.

(Based on statement)