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SBIR Phase II:Incorporating High Dielectric Constant Materials into clinical imaging: A Novel Approach for Accelerating 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2242209
Agency Tracking Number: 2242209
Amount: $998,104.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: BM
Solicitation Number: NSF 22-552
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-06-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-05-31
Small Business Information
2151 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy Suite 208/209
College Station, TX 77840
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Sebastian Rupprecht
 (701) 516-2061
 srupprecht@hyqrs.com
Business Contact
 Sebastian Rupprecht
Phone: (701) 516-2061
Email: srupprecht@hyqrs.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is to provide the basis for advancing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) hardware solutions for ultra-fast image acquisition. The proposed effort will target clinical MRI scanners where there is limited MRI access by a large patient population. Long scan times reduce the efficiency of radiology department processes and increase the overall cost to clinics and patients. A successful solution which decreases scan times by half will provide improved patient access and care, especially with regard to measuring metabolic activities, brain activity, and cognition._x000D_
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This Small Business Innovation Research Phase II project will develop high resolution MRI as a powerful tool for understanding metabolic activity in humans and animals. High dielectric constant (HDC) materials provide a low impedance pathway between the patient and magnetic coil of the MRI. The goal of this project is to increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the MRI by over 50%, thereby cutting the scan time by half.The HDC materials will have an immediate impact on animal and human behavior studies where neuroscientists are using MRI techniques to monitor brain activity and cognition.An integrated development approach includes electromagnetic simulation, ceramic processing, and phantom testing.A working prototype will be tested in clinical MRI scanners thus creating an innovative ecosystem comprised of original equipment manufacturers, hospitals, and researchers with clinical experience._x000D_
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This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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