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Fijian in Australia in Groundbreaking Biomedical Find

Fijian in Australia in Groundbreaking  Biomedical Find
Shekhar Chandra
September 15
12:14 2018

A Fijian who is a biomedical engineering scientist at the University of Queensland is making waves with his innovative discovery.

Shekhar Chandra has discovered a way to speed up the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning times and at a more affordable price.

Mr Shekhar Chandra who was born in Suva has identified a new class of fractals, a mathematical pattern that could boost the MRI scanning process and allow a full body scan to be completed four times faster.

It can take 10 minutes to over an hour to complete.

Dr Chandra did his Doctor of Philosophy at Monash University, one of Australia’s leading universities and ranks among the world’s top 100.

“A variety of fractals have been discovered since the early 70s but none of them have been applicable to MRI until now,” Dr Chandra said.

“We’ve demonstrated that we can use the repetitive property of the pattern to our advantage to reduce the measurements required for an MRI scan.”

Dr Chandra said the find would allow doctors to obtain more imaging information in less time, without compromising the quality of the image.

It also means patients will spend less time in the machine, allowing more scans to be completed and reducing waiting lists.

“I believe we can be more intelligent in the way we collect our measurements and data to greatly improve patient outcomes,” he said.

“My research proves that this sensing methodology can eventually be applied to many areas of science, including astronomy, biomedical engineering and computer science.

“In theory we’ve shown this discovery will improve MRI technology, but more work and more funding are needed before it can become a reality.

“The pattern and its process are akin to trying to see the reflection of your face in the surface of a pond.

“When we measure completely, without trying to be efficient or smart and ensuring we get all the information possible, it is if there is no disturbance in the pond and your face is easy to see.”


Mr Shenkar spent most of his childhood in Fiji.

He attended Suva Methodist Primary School and then Dudley High School.

He began his tertiary education at the University of the South Pacific completing a Bachelor of Engineering.

He moved to Australia where he did further studies at the prestigious Monash University.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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