Jan 30, 2013
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been an invaluable tool in improvements of medical diagnostics. However, the fundamental approach to the use of MRI has, for the last 50 years, been largely static. All that may soon change with the development of what its creators call Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF).
Traditional MRI diagnoses are typically restricted to exploring a single problem (cancerous material in lung tissue, for example). However, MRF diagnoses would, if properly calibrated, potentially be able to test the full range of tissues in the human body simultaneously, vastly increasing the amount of diagnostic data available to physicians and increasing the likelihood of detecting diseases earlier and more frequently. As a result, patient care could be significantly improved.
Failure to diagnose diseases such as cancer and other progressive conditions is an unfortunately common example of medical malpractice, so the potential that MRF presents for doctors and patients alike represents an exciting development in medical technology.