The department has a number of ongoing projects which are also potential areas of collaboration.
Mbarara University of Science & Technology Biomedical Engineering Community Engagement Initiative (MUBECEI)
Mbarara University of Science and Technology Biomedical Engineering Community Engagement Initiative (MUBECEI) was established as a driver to mission of Mbarara University of Science and Technology which is to provide quality and relevant education at national and international level with particular emphasis on Science and Technology and its application to community development. The initiative is composed of 5 key activities carried out in the department.
The initiative currently has the following projects running with generous support from funders.
Empowering Health Professionals with basic Medical Equipment Repairing and Maintenance Techniques (BMEiT).
The department is training paediatric nurses on basic biomedical equipment repairing techniques under the project “Integrating Basic Biomedical Engineering into Paediatric Nursing” supported by ICATCH.
Low Field MRI Project
Access to Medical imaging technologies and services still remain a challenge in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The most common imaging modalities available are X-ray technologies and ultrasound, none of which are appropriate for brain imaging. Diagnosis and monitoring of mental and brain illnesses such as epilepsy, hydrocephalus, and trauma rely mainly on computed tomography (CT) even though they are known to have adverse effects from radiation, especially with repeated exposures as is required in the management of neurosurgical interventions. Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a much safer technology than CT is very expensive for LMICs to afford. The capital costs of installing medical grade MRI systems can range from $1-$3 million. On top of the high procurement and installation costs, other requirements such as cryogens and technical expertise have prevented the proliferation of MRI technology in developing countries.
The low field MRI research at MUST is a continuation of the Ph.D. research conducted by Dr. Johnes Obungoloch with Dr. Steven J Schiff at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA.
- The project will enable the implementation of the low field MRI technology at MUST and the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda.
- The project will support graduate and post graduate training
- The project will build the engineering and research capacity at MUST in sustainable MRI and healthcare technology in general.