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Abstract #4423

Development of a small-car mountable MRI system for human extremities using a 0.2 T permanent magnet

Katsumasa Tanabe1, Mayu Nakagomi1, Katsumi Kose1, Yoshikazu Okamoto2, Sodai Hoshiai2, and Yasuhiko Terada1

1Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, 2Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan

We developed a new, compact portable MRI system for imaging extremities using a 0.2 T permanent magnet. The system was sufficiently small in size and mountable on a small, standard-sized vehicle. The use of the open-geometry magnet enabled the easy patient positioning within the limited space in the vehicle. We showed that our portable MRI provides clinically relevant images. The portable system might be deployable during sport events or in resource-poor environments access to MRI systems, and allow mass screening, early diagnosis, and case finding.

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