Paihau—Robinson Research Institute is working with universities in the United States and Brazil to make MRI more portable and accessible.
The Institute is using their renowned high temperature superconductor (HTS) technology to design a new-generation MRI magnet for brain imaging.
Collaborating to succeed
The project has received significant funding from the United States government’s National Institutes of Health. The Robinson Research Institute is working as part of a consortium headed by the University of Minnesota and including Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yale University, and Universidade de Sao Paulo.
A portable MRI
The game-changing magnet is smaller, lighter, and uses less energy than a traditional MRI. It’s a technological advance that allows the development of a portable helmet-like scanning device—which could mean much faster diagnoses in emergency departments.
The device includes a window that helps create a less claustrophobic experience for patients, while the head-only design makes MRIs available to patients who can’t be scanned in the traditional machine—such as those with medical or electronic devices embedded in their bodies.
Designing for users
The University’s School of Design Innovation has worked with Robinson to create a design for the device that will meet the needs of both patients and the MRI technicians who will be using it.