India's first indigenously developed Next Generation Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner unveiled in New Delhi
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Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh launched India's first indigenously developed, cost-effective, lightweight, ultrafast, high-field (1.5 Tesla) next generation Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner in New Delhi.
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VoxelGrids Innovations Pvt Ltd developed the MRI scanner under the National Biopharma Mission of the Department of Biotechnology.
The development of the world-class MRI scanner required a total investment of Rs 17 crore, of which Rs 12 crore was provided by the Department of Biotechnology through BIRAC.
The introduction of indigenous MRI scanners will make MRI scanning more accessible and affordable to the masses, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Atmanirbharta in cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic manufacturing in India.
MRI scanners are important diagnostic methods, but 70% of the world's population does not have access to them. The prohibitively high capital cost has been a challenge, especially in developing countries like India.
Currently, the installed base of MRI scanners in India is 3 times less than that of CT scanners, mainly because of the high cost of MRI machines and import dependence.
The annual demand for MRI machines is expected to more than double by 2030 with initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat aimed at improving healthcare access and inclusion.
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