Scientists develop the world’s first portable MRI scanner

The new Hyperfine portable MRI machine is not only mobility, but it also costs much less than conventional equipment.

Hyperfine Inc. today announced the results of a study on the Swoop, a portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device. The results of the work are published by the journal Nature Communications. Clinical studies were conducted at Yale Hospital New Haven. Swoop has shown excellent results, helping to quickly diagnose hemorrhagic stroke.

The world’s first portable MRI system has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. It allows doctors to quickly monitor the current state of the injury and make vital decisions. The technology provides images using a wireless tablet and detects strokes requiring surgery.

The American Heart Association for Stroke recommends that all hospitalized patients undergo rapid brain imaging. For a long time, doctors have used computed tomography (CT) for imaging. At the same time, MRI is just as accurate for detecting acute cerebral hemorrhage as CT, and avoids radiation exposure. But MRI technology is not always available, it is expensive, and the procedure takes longer. The new handheld machine will solve these problems, Hyperfine engineers are confident.

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