Invivo Partners With Office of Naval Research to Devise Substantial Improvement
in Caring for Casualties From Overseas Combat Zones
LATHAM, N.Y., April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Intermagnetics General
Corporation (NASDAQ: IMGC) today announced that its subsidiary, Invivo
Corporation, has been awarded a $500,000 Department of Defense grant to
develop an integrated hardware and software system that will enable high-resolution
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of traumatic brain injuries and promote
substantially more effective diagnosis and treatment in many difficult
cases. Invivo is partnering with the Office of Naval Research on the project.
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) is scheduled to formally announce the award
during an appearance at Invivo’s Gainesville, Florida facility today
at 9:00 AM EDT.
“Brain injury is the second leading cause of battlefield deaths,
and this grant is intended to provide a means of diagnosis and treatment
that, in many cases, is not totally reliable under current procedures,”
Stearns said. “We owe it to our wounded military personnel returning
from combat duty to have the best possible care available.”
Tom Schubert, chief technology officer of Invivo, added: “We believe
Invivo’s advanced MRI radio frequency coils, which enable highly
detailed organ-specific imaging, combined with modifications to our innovative
DynaCad computer-aided diagnostic system will provide the solution the
military is seeking.
“Currently,” Schubert added, “computed tomography (CT)
is the main radiological tool for diagnosing traumatic brain injury patients.
Yet every radiologist is aware that CT’s effectiveness in assessing
brain trauma is limited to visualizing fractures and significant hematomas
but is ineffective in diagnosing more subtle injuries.
“For example, CT does not provide the fine soft tissue discrimination
required to localize and investigate small white matter lesions, such
as the shear lesions and micro-bleedings that are common in traumatic
or concussive brain injury. Nor can CT be used in the investigation of
subarachnoidal hemorrhage. Subarachnoidal hemorrhages must be fully investigated
in a very timely fashion, or they may lead to extremely dangerous secondary
Schubert noted that the Invivo solution would be used in the highest-field
MRI systems available, such as those powered by Intermagnetics’
3.0 Tesla magnets. Invivo, working with the Office of Naval Research,
expects to deliver evaluation models of both the advanced imaging hardware
and the analysis software this year. Naval neurologists, neurosurgeons,
and traumatic brain injury specialists will conduct scientific and clinical
evaluation of the prototypes.
Intermagnetics (http://www.intermagnetics.com/) draws on the financial
strength, operational excellence and technical leadership in the market
of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), as well as its expanding businesses
within Medical Devices that encompass Invivo Diagnostic Imaging (focusing
on MRI components & imaging sub-systems) and Invivo Patient Care (focusing
on monitoring & other patient care devices). Intermagnetics is also
a prominent participant in superconducting applications for Energy Technology.
The company has a 35-year history as a successful developer, manufacturer
and marketer of superconducting materials, high-field magnets, medical
systems & components and other specialized high-value added devices.
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