Merunova Pty Ltd

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Project Title: Augmented spine MRI for the personalised diagnosis of back pain 

Merunova has developed an imaging technique, “Decay Variance”, for diagnosing spinal disc degeneration.

This technique successfully completed animal trials in which it was more accurate than currently available MRI methods, correctly diagnosing more cases of disc degeneration with fewer false positives.

The funding from the BMTH program will be used to perform a major human study, investigating not just how accurate Decay Variance is in diagnosing back pain but how it can be used to better target treatments such as spine surgery.

The technique can be used with nearly all existing MRI scanners.

BMTH Round: Three

State: New South Wales

Project Partners: Healius, Research Imaging NSW (A joint initiative of UNSW + NSW State Government) & George’s River Council


  • MTPConnect Grant: $877,815
  • Industry Contribution: $25,164

Duration: October 2020 - March 2023

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Contact: Ashish Diwan