Intermagnetics subsidiary gets $500K grant

The Business Review (Albany) – April 11, 2006

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Invivo Corp., a California subsidiary of Intermagnetics General Corp. of Latham has been awarded a $500,000 Department of Defense grant to develop an integrated hardware and software system to enable high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of traumatic brain injuries.

“Currently, computed tomography (CT) is the main radiological tool for diagnosing traumatic brain injury patients,” said Tom Schubert, chief technology officer of Invivo. “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.”

Schubert said Invivo expects to provide a solution by combining its advanced MRI radio frequency coils, which allow for highly-detailed, organ-specific imaging, with modifications to its DynaCad computer-aided diagnostic system.

Invivo is partnering with the Office of Naval Research on the project. The company expects to deliver evaluation models of both the hardware and the software this year. Naval neurologists, neurosurgeons, and traumatic brain injury specialists will then conduct scientific and clinical evaluations of the prototypes.

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