Utilization of an ultra-low-field, portable magnetic resonance imaging for brain tumor assessment in lower middle-income countries

Ahmed Altaf, Muhammad Waqas Saeed Baqai, Faiza Urooj, Muhammad Sami Alam, Hafiza Fatima Aziz, Fatima Mubarak, Edmond A. Knopp, Khan M. Siddiqui, Syed Ather Enam

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Abstract

Background: Access to neuroimaging is limited in low-middle-income countries (LMICs) due to financial and resource constraints. A new, ultra-low-field, low-cost, and portable magnetic resonance imaging (pMRI) device could potentially increase access to imaging in LMICs. Case Description: We have presented the first brain tumor case scanned using an Ultra-low-field pMRI at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Conclusion: The imaging results suggest that the pMRI device can aid in neuroradiological diagnosis in resource-constrained settings. Further, research is needed to assess its compatibility for imaging other neurological disorders and compare its results with conventional MRI results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number260
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Brain tumors
  • Low-middle-income countries
  • Neuroimaging
  • Point-of-care
  • Portable magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultra-low-field magnetic resonance imaging

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