Medical Imaging Technologies
TSC MEMBER INSTITUTION(S):
University of Pennsylvania
National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
MicroMRI, Inc. is a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing novel and innovative products that perform high resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of bone micro-architecture with subsequent detailed visualization of bone structural elements. The Company intends to develop a commercial product for routine clinical use that can be deployed as an add-on to currently available clinical MRI scanners.
UNIVERSITY-BASED RESEARCH CONNECTION:
MicroMRI was founded in 2003 to commercialize core technology developed by Felix Wehrli, a senior investigator at the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and licensed to MicroMRI.
Until recently, MRI as a modality had not been used for bone imaging because of technical limitations regarding signal and resolution. The technology originally developed at University of Pennsylvania has overcome these limitations and allowed for the first time the visualization of bone micro-architecture using high-signal, high resolution MRI. Since its founding in 2003, MicroMRI has been steadily developing its proprietary post-processing software.
ROLE OF FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING:
The basic research at the University of Pennsylvania that led to the development of this technology was supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
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