Scaling the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Through Design Research

Markus Ahola*, Severi Uusitalo, Lauri Palva, Raimo Sepponen

*Corresponding author for this work

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The superior soft-tissue contrast and sensitivity for pathologies have
made magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a primary modality in medical imaging.
At present, the high initial and running costs, and demanding requirements for
siting and operating personnel limit its availability to large hospitals and imaging
clinics. Improved accessibility of MRI technology can lead into new healthcare
services. To study this, we set up the Accessible Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(AMRI) research platform, including a multidisciplinary research team and a very
low field MRI device for evaluation of new service solutions. We explored the
expected value of accessibility in point-of-care contexts, achieving validation and
improved focus for initial need-descriptions for the solution. Our design research
points towards the potential of a more accessible MRI in improving healthcare
provision, and that ever-prevalent medical imaging healthcare services could
cause systemic changes to the healthcare processes, technologies, and operating
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Interaction, Emerging Technologies and Future Systems V
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Virtual Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies, IHIET 2021, August 27-29, 2021 and the 6th IHIET: Future Systems (IHIET-FS 2021), October 28-30, 2021, France
EditorsTareq Ahram, Redha Taiar
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-85540-6
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Sep 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies - Online, Paris, France
Duration: 27 Aug 202129 Aug 2021
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies
Abbreviated titleIHIET
Internet address


  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Accessibility
  • Healthcare Service Design
  • Medical Device Design


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