Ultra Low Field MRI / MEG dense array Scanner for Combat Casualty Care

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Program
Contract: N00014-12-M-0104
Agency Tracking Number: O112-H18-3145
Amount: $149,836.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD11-H18
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Electrical Geodesics, Inc.
1600 Millrace Drive, Suite 307, Eugene, OR, -
DUNS: 809845365
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sergei Turovets
 Scientist
 (541) 687-7962
 sergei@cs.uoregon.edu
Business Contact
 Paul Holman
Title: General Manager
Phone: (541) 687-7962
Email: pholman@egi.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
The purpose of the proposed work is to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel instrument for multi-channel nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at ultra-low field (ULF). The instrument will overcome issues involved with conventional MRI systems use in combat casualty care. It will also provide direct measurement of neurophysiological activation dynamics by magnetoencephalography (MEG) and will be compatible with other imaging modalities like dense array EEG and NIRS. The system will be focused on the assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury, an increasingly important class of combat casualty and source of morbidity. The instrument will be designed to satisfy a demanding slate of performance, system design, operational and siting requirements to facilitate transport and allow operation at Combat Support Hospitals. We propose to develop the first of a new generation of clinical and research systems, combining the technologies of MEG and MRI into a single instrument with revolutionary capabilities for imaging brain structure and function. We term this hybrid instrument neurological MRIneuMRI. Although this project focuses on military requirements, if successful the system is likely to have sweeping implications for scientific investigation and civilian medical practice.

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