Program to Develop MR-compatible Medical Devices

Between 50-75 per cent of patients with pacemakers will need a magnetic resonance (MR) scan over the device’s lifetime. As of right now, all will be denied that service because most standard medical devices either cease to operate, or present a danger to the patient, when within the MR environment.

Some of the major technical challenges associated with using any medical device in the MR environment can include radiofrequency, heating, device-induced image distortion, device/scanner interference, among others.

Western Physics and Astronomy professor Blaine Chronik looks to end that through a Canadian-first program to develop MR-compatible medical devices. He and his team are working on building better standards by assisting close to a dozen major companies assuring their medical device products are safe for the public. Read more...