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Mini MRI scanner created by UK scientists to detect knee injuries

01st July 2019

For the quick and accurate diagnosis of knee injuries, the researchers from Imperial College London has developed a mini MRI scanner.

The new device is set to use the ‘magic angle’ effect to help in the detection of knee conditions like anterior cruciate ligament injuries. The device will fit around the patient’s leg.

The existing systems sometimes does not give the clear image about the components of the knee joints but by using the magic angle effect in the new device the researchers solved this problem. This approach allows easy orientation of the magnetic field.

To prove this concept the researchers used a prototype of the mini MRI scanner to observe the animal knee joints and the results showed that the device gives accurate identification of ligament and tendon damage.

The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research and the team now intents to further their research into human trials as well as to other joints like elbows, ankles and wrists.

The device’s small size makes it suitable for its use in local clinics and GP surgeries.

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