Coin-sized device turns MRI scanners into multitasking monitors

Biomedical engineers at Purdue University have developed a tiny “self-learning” device that sits inside MRI scanners, monitoring patients’ biological signals and adding context to their MR images.

Purdue’s news office covered the development online July 18.

“Our device has a smaller footprint than a penny and could be used safely inside an MRI,” says Zhongming Liu, PhD, the assistant professor who supervised the work. “Although small, the device is very powerful and allows researchers to record, stimulate and image the brain or other organs all through the MRI system.”

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