Modern magnetic resonance scanners promise immense spatial resolution for medical imaging. Due to unavoidable patient movements, however, these technical possibilities can often not be exhausted.
In their final thesis, Michael Kennedy (Bachelor, ZHdK) and Mark Pfänder (Bachelor, ETHZ), in association with Zurich University Hospital, set themselves the task of determining the exact causes of head movements and, on this basis, developed a product that reduces such movements to 0.8mm.
They made patient well-being the unique criterion and developed a helmet device based on a vacuum cushion that adapts to any head shape and finally uses the patient’s own weight to stabilize the head.
MRI Headrest was nominated for the prestigious 2015 James Dyson Award.