Microsoft is partnering with researchers at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University to apply Quantum Computing techniques to improve medical MRI scanning.
Case Western researchers are working to make MRIs more effective and consistent by scanning in a “continuously variable” way, instead of scanning one fixed setting at a time. “Scanning in this way links the images directly to quantitative properties of diseased or healthy tissue,” a spokesperson said. The research will initially focus on improving imaging of cancerous tumours, and Microsoft also hopes to present the 3D data to doctors using the Microsoft HoloLens.
“This scenario is a great example of an organization using quantum technology to solve the real-world challenges of today,” said Todd Holmdahl, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Quantum.
The partnership is part of Microsoft’s Healthcare NExT initiative to find useful applications of existing Microsoft technology in the healthcare world and implement them through partnerships instead of through an internal effort.
“We see incredible possibilities to not only improve the quality of healthcare and medical research, but also demonstrate how quantum computing, machine learning, and mixed reality can be combined to turn challenges of the past into solutions of the future,” Holmdahl said.