20 times cheaper: Pakistani radiologist’s company creates world’s first-ever portable MRI scanner

The portable MRI will also consume 35-times less power than the normal MRI scanner.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has completely changed healthcare. But bringing patients to MRI scanners has been a big challenge since they are always confined to specially built rooms to accommodate components of these scanners.

However, it seems that an end is going to be put on this challenge. A New York-based company called ‘Hyperfine’ has gotten 501(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the world’s first portable MRI scanner.

The 501(k) clearance is given to those devices that are effective and safe for public use. Hyperfine is an initiative of a Pakistani-American Radiologist, Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur and Healthcare professional Dr Khan Siddiqui.

The weight of a portable MRI machine is less than half of a regular MRI machine. It is made portable by the wheel array at the bottom. Anyone can move the machine using its wheel array without having to push it from one place to the other.

The portable MRI will also consume 35-times less power than the normal MRI scanner.

Hyperfine  MRI scanner can be plugged into any standard wall outlet and be used at that instant. It can be operated from a tablet and the images can be viewed on a phone and saved on cloud storage.

According to Dr Khan Siddiqui, Lucy point-of-care MRI can scan neck, head and other extremities in the clinical setting. The machine comes with a $50,000 price tag, once it goes into mass production. It is 20 times cheaper than a normal MRI machine.

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  • Looks like a 0.25 tesla magnet
    Images will be of poor quality. Natural magnets can not go beyond 0.50 tesla
    We are in 7 tesla times with electromagnets, not sure who would buy this . Even portable CT did not find many buyers

    • The magnetic field strength can be compensated for by using advanced noise elimination and image reconstruction algorithms, multiple RF channels and increased signal averaging. The trade is offcourse scanning time. Such scanners are useful where patients are immobile and also while conducting scanning of biomechanics of peripheral joints under stress.

  • Hahaha very funny bcz head line he galat hy Pakistani Radiologist company. Radiologist company nae hoty forurkind information. I think it’s enough for ur news

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