UA Researchers Developing 15-Minute MRI

UA Researchers Developing 15-Minute MRI

Lying perfectly still for an hour in a magnetic resonance imaging machine isn't anyone's idea of fun. But for some patient populations, such as those suffering from the tremors that come with Parkinson's disease, it's practically impossible.

Using a $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a team of University of Arizona researchers led by Nan-kuei Chen from the College of Engineering is creating faster MRI technologies to accommodate challenging patient populations, including stroke patients, individuals with Parkinson's disease and children. Scan times will be reduced from 40-60 minutes to around 15 minutes – or even shorter if a patient's condition necessitates it.

In addition, scans will provide higher-resolution images with richer information, giving health care practitioners more information about the stage of a disease, and even allowing for earlier diagnosis of conditions like Parkinson's.

Read the full article from UA News here

Published Date: 
01/02/2019 - 09:57