Ministry of Electronics and IT always focused on the industry’s development and healthcare programmes. It has also sponsored many R&D projects in the area of Medical Electronics & Health Informatics which inter-alia includes development of 1.5 Tesla MRI systems.
R&D programme is essential for the development of indigenous technology. In order to design and develop 1.5 Tesla MRI scanners, Ministry of Electronics and IT has undertaken the IMRI project. The project will be implemented on SAMEER Mumbai, CDAC-Kolkata, CDAC-Thiruvananthapuram, IUAC New Delhi and DSIMIRC, Banglore.
SAMEER Mumbai is nodal agency for IMRI and has research collaboration with reputed International Institutes working in MR domain such as University of Minnesota, University of Freiburg (Germany), Columbia, Zuckerman Institute (New York) as well as top hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Nanavati Hospital (Mumbai), Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurugram), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (Thiruvananthapuram), Tata Medical Center (Kolkata).
Under the IMRI project, 16 kW RF Amplifier, RF Coils, Couch, Spectrometer, Pulse Sequence, Softwares – Image visualization and construction etc have been designed, developed and tested. Indigenous magnet being developed under the project is expected to be ready by end of this year and the same will be integrated with subsystems to achieve the objective of Indigenous MRI by 2021. The Project team has received ethical clearances for animal trails; it is expected to begin very soon.
The proposed industry interaction is organised to seek the support and interest of industry in taking technology forward to make it commercially available in India. The initiative is expected to improve affordable healthcare access in India and have potential to generate jobs with indigenization of technology.