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MCL 1777.0: Tools for Improved Imaging or Enhanced Sensitivity of Imaging: Improved Display of T2-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Image Data

Steven Lowen, Ph.D.

Background and Description

The invention comprises a novel algorithm for the processing of MRI data. Specifically, the algorithm presents three key parameters of the T2-decay function in a convenient format, that allows the improved display of the data, particularly allowing a color display for enhanced comprehension.

Potential Commercial Uses

The invention allows for improved display of T2-decay data in MR imaging for a number of applications, including measurement of concentrations of drugs in blood or tissue, measurement of differential thermal relaxation, or measurement of porosity. The use of color will allow better reading and interpretation of MR scans, to distinguish different tissue types and to allow better identification of regions with intense signals. It is expected that the algorithm of this invention will be incorporated into a software package for use in MR scanning.

Publication and Patent Status

McLean Hospital is the owner of U.S. Patent Number 6,804,384 claiming this invention. (USPTO # 6,804,384)

Licenses Available

McLean Hospital is offering a worldwide exclusive license to this technology.

For more information, please contact:

David J. Glass, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director, Technology Transfer
McLean Hospital Research Administration
115 Mill Street
Belmont, MA 02478-9106
(617) 855-3825 - tel
(617) 855-3745 - fax