German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier presented the 2023 German Future Prize to Stephan Biber and David Grodzki of Siemens Healthineers and Michael Uder, MD, of Germany’s Uniklinikum Erlangen. The team developed Magnetom Free new MRI platform and integrated it into routine clinical procedures.
The team began by implementing an innovative magnet cooling system that dramatically reduced helium requirements from up to 1,500 liters to just 0.7 liters per system, and integrated artificial intelligence in image reconstruction for superior image quality and precision diagnosis. Other key innovations include the platform’s new compact design, its 80 centimetre bore – the largest on the market – and its intuitive operating system for medical staff. The reduced field strength of 0.55 Tesla, compared with conventional systems of 1.5-3 Tesla, has opened up new markets for MRI, both geographically and clinically: Among other things, this will allow MRI lung imaging to be significantly improved and patients with implants to be scanned much more accurately.
The two individual systems that make up the Magnetom Free platform, Magnetom Free.Max and Magnetom Free.Star, are already in use in almost 50 countries around the world including Germany and the United States.
For us, the German Future Prize is emblematic of Germany’s standing as a driving force for innovation in the world. It is here we developed Magnetom Free, and now the system is helping people around the globe,” said the team’s representative, Stephan Biber, who acted as a system architect and was instrumental in shaping the development of the new MRI platform.
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