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Bringing MRI to low- and middle-income countries: Directions, challenges and potential solutions

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Title:Bringing MRI to low- and middle-income countries: Directions, challenges and potential solutions
Creators Name:Murali, S. and Ding, H. and Adedeji, F. and Qin, C. and Obungoloch, J. and Asllani, I. and Anazodo, U. and Ntusi, N.A.B. and Mammen, R. and Niendorf, T. and Adeleke, S.
Abstract:The global disparity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a major challenge, with many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) experiencing limited access to MRI. The reasons for limited access are technological, economic and social. With the advancement of MRI technology, we explore why these challenges still prevail, highlighting the importance of MRI as the epidemiology of disease changes in LMICs. In this paper, we establish a framework to develop MRI with these challenges in mind and discuss the different aspects of MRI development, including maximising image quality using cost-effective components, integrating local technology and infrastructure and implementing sustainable practices. We also highlight the current solutions-including teleradiology, artificial intelligence and doctor and patient education strategies-and how these might be further improved to achieve greater access to MRI.
Keywords:Affordable, Global Health, Low Field, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, MRI, Sustainable, Technology
Source:NMR in Biomedicine
Page Range:e4992
Date:4 July 2023
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1002/nbm.4992
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