Scientists in Tomsk, Siberia, have created a miniature CT scanner that can be used in ambulances.
The prototype of this MRI machine was developed at the Siberian State Medical University. Scientists at the university’s Digital Platforms Lab said the mini-CT scanner could be used at home or in ambulances to check the state of a patient’s brain. And its cost will be lower compared to the classic devices currently used.
The miniature device consists of two small plates that visualize the internal distribution of electrical resistance within the skull. The device shows how the proportion of liquid media (such as blood, cerebrospinal fluid, intracellular fluid) changes in various brain structures. This will help doctors diagnose conditions such as intracranial injury or stroke.
Associate Professor of the Department of Medical and Biological Cybernetics of the Siberian State Medical University Ivan Tolmachev said that classic MRI and CT devices are bulky and expensive. The university decided to study the problem in terms of emergency situations that need to be controlled before arriving at the hospital.
“The bottom line is that we thought about whether a CT scanner in an ambulance would be able to show the state of the brain at least at the level of ultrasound,” Tolmachev said.
He explained that the miniature version of the scanner is not yet fully ready. And the staff of the laboratory of the Medical University is now working on increasing the speed of displaying the image in the device.
And he continued: “It is impossible to control the state of the brain in real time, since the calculation time of one model can reach two minutes or more. Therefore, the scientists of the Siberian University use the method of preliminary modeling based on the principles of biophysics, and then the artificial intelligence searches, in particular, for a suitable solution among the groups of solutions previously formulated by scientists.
Source: Interfax. EN