Medical imaging has been relevant since its inception and its usage so pervasive it would be difficult to imagine modern
medicine without the technology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in particular, reveals tissue unable to be seen in X-ray,
ultrasound or CT scans, but avoids the harmful radiation exposure present in many other scans. The process works by creating
images of the human body using magnetic fields and radio waves that produce a detailed image of the body’s soft tissue and
bones. Intrigued by the technology which rests at the confluence of physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, biology and
medicine, Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, started Quality Electrodynamics, LLC (QED), a business focused on the design and manufacture
of MRI radiofrequency (RF) coil technology for equipment manufacturers, in 2006.
Fujita’s first product was designing custom MRI coil housings and he needed a way to create rapid prototypes to test his design ideas. After being introduced to 3D technology, he purchased a Stratasys Fortus 400mc printer, knowing the additive technology would allow him to speed his products to market. QED quickly landed Toshiba, the electronics giant, as its first customer. Since then, the global developer, manufacturer and supplier of advanced medical equipment electronics has also added Siemens and GE to its customer-base, and QED’s business has grown to include coils for both clinical as well as research MRI scanners, including ultra-high field systems.