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The MRI technology has long established itself as an indispensable tool for medical diagnostics. However, today’s scientists continue to work on its development and the creation of new, improved systems. One of the most important aspects in this direction is the work with ultra-high-field tomographs, which can significantly increase the accuracy of medical research. Developers of the new MRI devices are trained at ITMO University’s Master’s program “Radiofrequency Systems and Devices”, which gives its students the option of choosing to study a specialized MRI track. While still in their Master’s studies, they can engage in scientific research, as well as participate in internships abroad as part of an international research group. More on the program’s educational process and what specialists it trains.
Scientists from ITMO University in collaboration with colleagues of the NeuroSpin research center and Institut Fresnel from France have developed a new probe for magnetic resonance microscopy. A unique composite material developed by St. Petersburg enterprise Ceramics Jsc. and patented in Russia and the US was used for this project. Experiments showed that the new probe’s sensitivity is two times higher than that of the commonly used probes made of copper. The probes developed with the help of ceramics make it possible to decrease the time required to collect data from biological samples as well as increase the quality of images. The article was published in Advanced Materials.
M-Cube, an international project aimed at making the MRI procedure faster and safer, was awarded a European Horizon 2020 grant as one of the most prospective innovative projects. Scientists from ITMO University also work on the project as part of an International Research Consortium. The information about M-Cube has been posted on the European Commission’s website Innovation Radar, which helps researchers gain visibility among various companies and funds, as well as bring their product to the market.
Last year, an International Research Consortium, which includes ITMO University’s Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, was awarded a European Horizon 2020 project. The M-Cube project unites scientific groups and companies from seven countries working on new antenna technology for 7T MRI. In the coming two years and a half, scientists plan to create a device which could be used to accelerate MRI. ITMO.NEWS talked to the scientists about the project and the results. Among the scientists who came to ITMO University were Dr. Redha Abdeddaim, an assistant professor at Aix-Marseille University – Institut Fresnel, one of the scientific coordinators of the project, Dr. Marc Dubois, a postdoc at Aix-Marseille University – Institut Fresnel, and Dr. Julien de Rosny, a senior scientist at CNRS – Institut Langevin.