Low Field MRI Scanner

Dr. Johnes Obungoloch of Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Low-cost MRI system for diagnosis of hydrocephalus in LMIC’s

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The Low Field MRI Scanner, designed by Dr. Johnes Obungoloch of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, is capable of diagnosing infant hydrocephalus, a frequently occurring condition in sub-Saharan Africa. The system is built using ordinary permanent magnets encompassed in a magnet cylinder as rings adopted as an approach to reduce the cost of design. This low-field technology, which requires a smaller size magnet and yields lower resolution images, weighs 125 kg. As of 2021, this product is still in the prototyping phase. 

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Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Unknown as not yet commercialized, costs 18,000 USD in design.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

The primary competitor for the Low Field MRI system is the MAGNETOM Free.Max by the Siemens Healthineers.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: Good health and well being

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Medical imaging experts, specifically those monitoring progress during the treatment of hydrocephalus in low resource settings.

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