Open MRI project hits 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas

A medically-minded LEGO fan’s Open MRI machine has reached the review stage on LEGO Ideas.

User Apollo Exconde uploaded their 4-in-1 project all the way back in November 2018. Slowly but surely, it’s now racked up the 10,000 votes required to advance to the next stage of the process.

The project’s creator is apparently an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) radiographer in real-life. And they originally devised their LEGO recreation of the complex medical equipment to reassure anxious patients, one brick at a time.

“It was designed based on every patients’ [sic] suggestions [and] with patients in mind, to be shown at the earliest possible stage what will happen during MRI to eliminate misconceptions or worries like how far their head will go through,” they explained on the project page.

Ideas Open MRI 4 In 1

The model can also be transformed into an upright MRI, CT scanner, or a DEXA scanner, as the designer is hoping to shed light on “unsung medical imaging scanners”.

If you’re unfamiliar with an MRI scan, it’s essentially a way for doctors to take a detailed look inside your body. The procedure involves laying inside a large tube equipped with magnets, which definitely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (hence Apollo Exconde’s project). But it’s absolutely necessary, because it can be used to diagnose conditions, plan out new treatments, or even monitor the efficacy of a previous treatment.

The model will now join eight others in the third review period of 2020. Already on the list are Avatar: The Last AirbenderRed Dwarf StarbugBag EndGravity Falls: The Mystery ShackBoeing 737 Passenger PlaneBrick Town Police StationColosseum (Architecture Style) and, most recently, Frank Boor’s Classic Castle.

In other Ideas news, The Earth Globe and Legendary Stratocaster recently passed the review process and will be released as LEGO Ideas sets next year. 21313 Ship in a Bottle and 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V are also about to be reissued, shortly after being retired.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @chriswharfe.

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