S. Korean hospital teams with Italia's ASG to develop powerful MRI magnet

Lim Chang-won Reporter() | Posted : January 3, 2019, 12:56 | Updated : January 3, 2019, 12:56

[Courtesy of ASG Superconductors]


SEOUL -- A South Korean hospital has developed a powerful and experimental 11.7-tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet through cooperation with ASG, an Italian company specialized in superconducting magnets.

Gachon University Gil Hospital said Thursday that the new MRI magnet would be important in the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases as its plane resolution is far better than MRI equipment commonly used in hospitals. Commercialization takes more time.

MRI is a medical imaging technique to form pictures of the anatomy and physiological processes of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.

For qualification tests, Gil Hospital will install an 11.7-tesla magnet image diagnostic device in its research center in May. The hospital plans to develop clinical application technology until 2022.
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