The Design and Technology Lab is a joint venture between the Industrial Design Programme at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Product Development Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). The Lab is a cross-university education and research platform dedicated to interdisciplinary innovation projects.

MRI Headrest is an individually adjustable stabilization device for improving the quality of MRI images. By means of vacuum technology, the helmet adapts to any head shape and thus enables a safe and at the same time pleasant stabilization of the patient. The result is sharper images.

MRI Headrest

MRI Headrest is an individually adjustable stabilization device for improving the quality of MRI images. By means of vacuum technology, the helmet adapts to any head shape and thus enables a safe and at the same time pleasant stabilization of the patient. The result is sharper images.

The Design and Technology Lab is a joint venture between the Industrial Design Programme at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Product Development Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). The Lab is a cross-university education and research platform dedicated to interdisciplinary innovation projects.

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.

Gestaltung:

Studios Zürich, Basel

 

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Copyright:

©DTL, 2016

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