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Low Cost Open MRI Systems using MgB2 Coils

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
71325
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
EB003752
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Hyper Tech Research Inc.
539 Industrial Mile Road COLUMBUS, OH 43228-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Low Cost Open MRI Systems using MgB2 Coils
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44EB003752-02
Award Amount: $749,999.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We are developing a low cost superconductor wire that can operate in the 4-30 K range compared to traditional metal superconductors for MRIs that operate at only 4 K. This will enable a lower cost MRI and a lower per patient cost to do a MRI analysis. The MRI system cost is the largest cost driver in the per-patient cost to do a MRI for a patient especially with open MRIs. By lowering the cost of MRI systems the cost to patients will be lower. Lowering the cost of the MRI system can be significant if the superconducting operating temperature can be raised from 4 K to 20 K. The goal of this proposed Phase II is to demonstrate that MgB2 superconductor wires can be fabricated in coils that function in the 10-30 K range for open and enclosed MRI systems. In the SBIR Phase 1 Hyper Tech Research demonstrated small coils with fields high enough to be useful for open and enclosed MRI systems. In this Phase II we intend to demonstrate improved wire properties in longer length and in coil form so larger open MRI systems can be developed. We intend to demonstrate persistent joints and through collaborating MRI manufacturers initiate MgB2 coil development efforts at several MRI companies

Principal Investigator:

Michael J. Tomsic
6144818050
tomsic@voyager.net

Business Contact:

Michael Tomsic
6144818050
TOMSIC@VOYAGER.NET
Small Business Information at Submission:

HYPER TECH RESEARCH, INC.
HYPER TECH RESEARCH, INC. 1275 KINNEAR RD COLUMBUS, OH 43212

EIN/Tax ID: 311751734
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No