MetaboliQs - A better diagnostic of cardiovascular diseases with diamond

The diamond material with NV centers enable a better quality of cardiac imaging.
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The diamond material with NV centers enable a better quality of cardiac imaging.

Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most common causes of death worldwide. Therefore, it is necessary to develop personalized medical solutions to improve the chances of curing patients. In order to do so, the metabolic process of heart tissue needs to be understood and observed on a molecular level. Current methods do not allow this in high resolution, and they furthermore rely on radioactive substances. Quantum technology offers a new approach: the project develops an innovative diamond polarizer that is able to work at room temperature with a 160-times higher efficiency, offering a polarization that is 40-times faster and 4-times cheaper than before. By those means, quantum technology is being utilized for human needs.

Project title MetaboliQs - Leveraging unparalleled room temperature quantum coherence to enable safe, first-of-its-kind, multimodal cardiac imaging
Project duration 2019 – 2021
Project coordinator Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Festkörperphysik IAF
Funding source EU - FET Flagship on Quantum Technologies
Project manager Dr. Christoph Nebel
Projekt partners
  • NVision Imaging Technologies GmbH (NVIS), Germany
  • Technical University of Munich TUM, Germany
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Swizerland
  • Bruker BioSpin GmbH (BBS), Germany
  • Element Six (UK) Limited (E6), United Kingdom
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel
  • Development and production of nanodiamonds with nitrogen vacancy centers for faster and better hyperpolarization
  • Development of a diamond based polarizer for preclinical experiments in the field of cardiovascular diseases

Further Information


Press release

»A breakthrough in cardiac metabolic MR imaging.«


Quantum Sensors

At Fraunhofer IAF, we are developing quantum sensor technology.


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