Ed Wu, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2011
For contributions to MRI diffusion imaging, capillary vasculature imaging, contrast agents, and pioneering work in MRI characterization of tissue iron.

Scientists develop cheaper, low-field whole-body MRI

Via MedicalBrief | June 5, 2024

Perseverance and ingenuity have paid off for Hong Kong researchers, who, like numerous others, have been exploring options for a low-field MRI system with a magnetic field strength of less than 1 T as an alternative to the loud, expensive machines requiring special rooms with shielding to block their powerful magnetic field.

Most low-field scanners in development are for brain scans only. In 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first portable MRI system: Hyperfine’s Swoop, designed for use at a patient’s bedside – for head and brain scans.

But the technology has not been applied to whole-body MRI, until now… Continue reading.