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New MRI Tech Detects Diseases In Seconds Rather Than Hours

Researcher at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine are experimenting with a new type of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) that could enable doctors to detect a number of diseases in a matter of minutes.  Unlike traditional MRIs, the new technique, Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF) works by generating the same field across multiple frequencies simultaneously and using software algorithms to decode the results. While MRIs “sing” a single tone with respect to specific diseases, MRFs generate a rich harmony that can distinguish between multiple tissue properties. Researchers believe they could develop a “songbook” of diseases that will allow doctors to identify diseases based on their tone. Scientists scanned a patient's brain with MRF and were able to tell the difference between gray and white matter in around 12 seconds, and believe the same results could be obtained faster in the future.

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