SMRT IMAGE Lumica
MRI AV System
Boombang recognized an opportunity to make the MRI experience more pleasant for patients and more effective for researchers. We partnered with a team of top scientists, including a leading expert in brain mapping at UCLA to develop and productize the cutting-edge SMRT Image technology, which achieves both these goals while also reducing healthcare costs and increasing scanning revenue for for imaging centers and hospitals.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
SMRT Image offers two-way communication between patients and medical professionals, enhanced fMRI brain mapping capabilities, and sophisticated audio-visual entertainment for patients during MRI imaging. This provides advantages to all parties, since the AV functionality, which is compatible with all multimedia, offers a comforting distraction for patients. While the enhanced fMRI technology saves pharmaceutical companies time and money, and ensures that medications get to the people who need them faster.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A High Definition display immerses patients in a theater like experience while allowing them to communicate with the operator using a two-way camera and microphone system. Foam ear cushions stabilize the patient while providing sound isolation and patient fit. Low profile headphones deliver stereo sound while the adjustable patient mirror offers a wide field of view and is compatible with multiple coils. The operator console allows operators to monitor patients, stream AV content and deliver fMRI stimuli through a touchscreen interface.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
January 2013 - February 2015
Los Angeles, CA
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The aluminum CNC construction allows maximum strength and weight while maintaining the critical EMI component shielding, non-ferrous specifications and optimal thermal properties. Non-MRI sensitive components are made from Poly carbonate, ABS and delrin plastics. Non magnetic Electrostatic audio earphone drivers allow safe use in a MRI machine. The use of a touch screen control interface gives the user added control without taking up extra space in already crowded control desk.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Projector 500mm x 825mm x 1125mm
Control Console 220mm x 215mm x 265mm
Healthcare, MRI, Audio/Video, Comfort Distraction, Patient Communication, Patient Monitoring.
Original technology research was developed through a partnership with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The design team conducted first hand research throughout the MRI scanning process to identify areas of improvement. MRI specialist and patients were interviewed to gain insights and design opportunities. Secondary material and technology research was used to improve design direction.
The highly magnetic MRI environment poses many design challenges. Electronic shielding for electromagnetic interference is critical for taking noise free scans. Electromagnetic motors in cooling fans fail under a high magnetic field causing a thermal management issue. This led to a design opportunity that can be clearly seen in the heat sink design. Ferrous material in a MRI environment could become a projectile that can cause injury to a patient. For safety all material and components were carefully selected and tested for MRI use.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Boombang Inc. Industrial Design Team