Juntendo University Hospital sees the potential to use SyMRI to find optimal contrast weighting of MRI for patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or brain tumor metastases, and has signed a research agreement with SyntheticMR in order to use SyMRI in clinical research projects at the hospital. Using SyMRI, it is possible to generate multiple contrast images from a single scan and adjust the parameter settings after the patient has left, thus making it possible to both fine tune images and recreate additional contrasts that may otherwise have been missed.
Compared to conventional MRI, SyMRI uses a fundamentally different approach as it measures tissue properties and synthesizes images based on absolute measurement of these properties rather than generating a fixed contrast image. Thus it is possible to generate several contrast images from the same 3-6 minutes scan, significantly shortening the scan time compared to acquiring each contrast separately. With a free choice of TE, TR and TI after the scan, it is possible to recreate any T1-weighted, T2-weighted, FLAIR or Inversion Recovery image.
SyMRI Research Edition is optimized for clinical research within neuro imaging and includes exportable SyMaps, quantitative T1, T2 and PD maps. SyMaps can be saved and exported for further analysis in other formats.
The agreement with Juntendo University Hospital includes a license of SyMRI Research Edition for research use at the hospital.