Microsoft is collaborating with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland to bring together its custom HoloLens AR device and quantum algorithm in a new form of MRI. This will be much more comprehensive and unified than traditional MRI technology. It will be a revolutionary way to interpret resonance scans. The basic structure of MRI has remained unchanged for 50 years.
The new technique introduces ‘MRF’ (Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting). It permits a non-invasive method to characterize various properties of material or tissue. Signals from different tissues would create fingerprints. These scans will match with those on record to allow for a better analysis.
The team working on magnetic resonance fingerprinting is integrating principles of HoloLens technology to create a three-dimensional model of scan results. They will use this device to view 3d MRF scans created by quantum algorithms. Interestingly, HoloLens was an earlier project from both the software company and university’s collaboration. It is an augmented reality headset that helped anatomy students study body parts with holograms rather than cadavers.
Quantum computing is still quite complex and difficult to achieve. It allows computers to work at a much higher capability by using information simultaneously. Microsoft, along with tech giants like IBM and Google, are researching how to make it less error-prone. According to CWRU radiology professor Mark Griswold, “Quantum computing provides an opportunity to find the truly best way to scan patients”
According to Microsoft and Case Reserve, quantum computing and algorithms will work for MRF scans. The scans will contain sufficient information for doctors to diagnose medical conditions. This could help with detection of heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. They will be efficient, cost-effective and much more convenient for patients. Also, the ‘all in one’ concept will reduce many parameters with a simple scan button using MRF technology.
Though the project seems like a far fetch for experts due to the uncertainty of quantum algorithms and computing. Just in case Microsoft and CWRU can pull off this project, it will be a huge step towards revolutionizing medical field. It will definitely bridge the gap between all three mechanisms: HoloLens, MRF, and quantum computing /algorithms.