MRI's Reimagined: Expedited Design Iteration for QED
Medical imaging has been relevant since its inception and its usage so pervasive it would be difficult to imagine modern medicine without the technology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in particular, reveals tissue unable to be seen in X-ray, ultrasound or CT scans, but avoids the harmful radiation exposure present in many other scans. The process works by creating images of the human body using magnetic fields and radio waves that produce a detailed image of the body’s soft tissue and bones. Intrigued by the technology which rests at the confluence of physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, biology and medicine, Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, started Quality Electrodynamics, LLC (QED), a business focused on the design and manufacture of MRI radiofrequency (RF) coil technology for equipment manufacturers, in 2006.
A knee coil assembly fixture used in coil assembly and test.
“Having this array of 3D printers is immensely helpful for verifying designs and testing out early prototypes in order to arrive at the design we want to move forward with. Four design iterations can amount to several months of time without 3D printing. Now, we can have the part in three days as opposed to three weeks if we had to have it machined.”
Paul Taylor, Quality Electrodynamics, LLC