Brenau University wins color MR grant

March 31, 1999

Brenau University of Gainsville, GA, last month won a $345,000 grant to refine a colorized MRI technology for commercial use. The grant was sponsored by Tulsa, OK-based firm Image Analysis, and allows occupational therapy professor Keith Brown to

Brenau University of Gainsville, GA, last month won a $345,000 grant to refine a colorized MRI technology for commercial use. The grant was sponsored by Tulsa, OK-based firm Image Analysis, and allows occupational therapy professor Keith Brown to continue developing the technology for commercial use.

The patented technology shades MRI images in hues similar to natural tissue colors by combining layers of the image into a color composite on a computer. Since current MR technology produces gray-scale images, and radiologists must detect subtle gradations as they make diagnoses, the university hopes its colorized MRI technique will allow users to study more quickly, accurately, and effectively the internal body structures being imaged.