A revolutionary invention currently being used in thousands of hospitals and clinics worldwide – helping to make the invisible visible.
Go back just 20 years and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was based on sequential line-scanning, a technology not unlike the fax machine. Today, thanks in large part to the discoveries of Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD, fast-imaging MRI technology more closely resembles the multiple-detector CCD camera embedded in smartphones – with similarly superior results. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, BIDMC’s Technology Ventures Office worked with Sodickson to patent SMASH (Simultaneous Acquisition of Spatial Harmonics), his groundbreaking parallel imaging software and coil array invention. Parallel MRI makes use of radiofrequency coil arrays to acquire MRI data simultaneously, rather than sequentially. As a result, MRI images are unveiled at previously inaccessible speeds – with vastly improved resolution. This distinction in resolution is especially valuable when imaging organs that are in motion, such as the heart or lungs.Over the course of several years beginning in 1999, TVO licensed the SMASH patents on a non-exclusive basis to the companies Siemens, General Electric, and Bruker. Today, Sodickson’s revolutionary invention is used in thousands of hospitals and clinics worldwide – helping to make the invisible visible.