The embodiment of low-field MRI for the diagnosis of infant hydrocephalus in Uganda

J.C. Diehl, F. van Doesum, M.F. Bakker, M.B. van Gijzen, Thomas O’Reilly, Ivan Muhumuza, Johnes Obungoloch, Edith Mbabazi Kabachelor

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Abstract

Compared to other parts of the world, the incidence of hydrocephalus in children is very high in sub- Saharan Africa. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) would be the preferred diagnostic method for infant hydrocephaleus. However, in practice, MRI is seldom used in sub-Saharan Africa due to its high prize, low mobility, and high power consumption. A low-cost MRI technology is under development by reducing the strength of the magnetic field and the use of alternative technologies to create the magnetic field. This paper describes the embodiment design process to match this new MRI technology under development with the specific characteristics of thehealthcare system in Uganda. A context exploration was performed to identify factors that may affect the design and implementation of the low-field MRI in Ugandan hospitals and Ugandan healthcare environment. The key-insights from the technology- and context-exploration were translated into requirements which were the starting point for the design process. The concept development did have a focus on Cost-effective design, Design for durability & reliability, and Design for repairability. The final design was validated by stakeholders from the Ugandan Healthcare context

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
EditorsPaul M. Cunningham
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE
Pages150-157
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-7388-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventIEEE GHTC 2020 : 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (Virtual/online event due to COVID-19) - Seattle, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 20201 Nov 2020

Conference

ConferenceIEEE GHTC 2020 : 10th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (Virtual/online event due to COVID-19)
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period29/10/201/11/20

Keywords

  • Neglected tropical disease
  • schistosomiasis
  • global health
  • diagnostics
  • local production
  • technical optics
  • algorithms
  • artificial intelligence
  • Nigeria

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