MRI Coil Holder for Both Dynamic and Static Imaging of Joints


Two new designs of the MRI coil, each of which can be used for both dynamic and static imaging of joints, particularly knee and ankle joints, have been developed. The first design is based on the current cylindrical coil designs: while maintaining the overall shape, the top portion of the coil can slide, providing room for joint movement during a dynamic exam. To improve the signal-to-noise ratio, the adjustable section would be able to transmit and receive the MRI signal. The second design describes a coil in the form of a rectangular prism. The sides would be adjustable so that the size and proportion of the coil can be changed. The top of the coil can slide, providing room for a bent knee. All four sides of the coil would be able to transmit and receive the MRI signal.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
MRI (human and veterinary) Allows for higher quality dynamic imaging while maintaining current quality of static imaging, particularly useful for imaging knee and ankle joints while they move. Housing is adjustable to allow for bent joints while maintaining a favorable signal-to-noise ratio.


Development Stage:
Detailed design drawings have been completed.

Inventors:

Frances (Sheehan) Gavelli (CC)  ➽ more inventions...

Nicole Wilson (CC)  ➽ more inventions...


Intellectual Property:
US Application No. 61/151,300

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OTT Reference No: E-298-2008/0
Updated: Sep 2, 2009