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Abstract #3638

Open Source Imaging Initiative

Lukas Winter1, Haopeng Han1, Antonia Barghoorn2, Werner Hoffmann3, Stefan Hetzer4, Simone Winkler5, Larry Wald6, Andrew Webb7, Peter Blümler8, and Thoralf Niendorf1,9,10

1Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility (B.U.F.F.), Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany, 2Department of Physics, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 3Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Berlin, Germany, 4Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging, Charité - Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany, 5Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 6Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 7Gorter Center for High Field MRI, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, 8Institute of Physics, University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 9Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), a joint cooperation between the Charité Medical Faculty and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany, 10MRI.TOOLS GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Regardless public or private healthcare system, MR costs determine healthcare outcomes. There is a high demand for affordable MR technology around the world to improve patient diagnosis and treatment. The aim of the open source imaging initiative ( is to collaboratively build an affordable MR scanner and make its technical documentation available according to the standards of open source hardware. Combining innovation and open source allows major reduction of investment and operational costs with the ideal: From the community to the community.

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