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Project TitleUniform Saturation in Magnetic Resonance
Track Code09-164, 3735
Short Description
Tagsabdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, cardiovascular imaging, neuroimaging, radiofrequency pulses, saturation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Longitudinal magnetization
Posted DateNov 14, 2016 7:15 PM

Market Opportunity

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced and commonly used clinical imaging technique, but has limitations to fully capture and consistently scan a subject. An MRI places the tissue being imaged in a magnetic field, causing atoms to resonate and create an image. A fully saturated image is one that has been maximally magnetized. Due to constraints from radiofrequency heating, a side effect of using high-frequency electrical fields during MRI scanning, the image outputted often does not reflect the full resolution of the object being imaged – it is not saturated uniformly. Still, MRI is an incredibly valuable technique, and the MRI market is projected to reach $7.2 billion by 2021. The challenge of having uniform saturation in creating accurate images from MRI scanning is critical to the success of this industry, so there is a need to improve existing MRI techniques.

USC Solution

USC researchers have developed a tailored imaging technique which optimizes the magnetization of the target tissue. The use of this technique can mitigate the constraints of the MRI and minimize the inhomogeneities previously found in the image captured. A more saturated image of the area of interest is achieved with this technology.

Value Proposition

  • Reduces risk of having to retake image
  • Increases diagnosis accuracy


  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Stage of Development

  • Experimentally validated
  • Available for exclusive and non-exclusive license

Intellectual Property

Contact Information

Nikolaus Traitler, Licensing Associate

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

(213) 821-3550



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