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A METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHECKING BORE COMPATIBILITY OF AN MR MACHINE FOR A PATIENT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000170558D
Publication Date: 2008-May-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

A method and system for checking bore compatibility of an MR machine for a patient is disclosed. The invention provides an apparatus that is used as a template for the bore of diagnostic machines. The apparatus for the MR bore will allow customers to test outpatients and inpatients outside the MR machine room to better “size up” the patient.

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A METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHECKING BORE COMPATIBILITY OF AN MR MACHINE FOR A PATIENT

FIELD OF INVENTION

[0001]               The invention generally relates to a MR imaging systems and methods and more specifically to a method and system for checking the bore compatibility of the MR machine for a patient.

BACK GROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002]               The standard and most popular MR unit has a limited bore size that will accommodate the average person well. However there are issues with patient size, the patients being not physically fitting in the machines. MRI procedures usually take a minimum of 15-20 minutes sometime up to 45 minutes for a single procedure. Many patients have multiple procedures. Waiting till the appointment time to test the patient and then realizing that they do not fit inside the machine, affects the productivity of the imaging system. Conducting a trial or dry run also consumes the productive time of the machine and might be inconvenience to the user as well.

[0003]               Thus there exists a need to ensure the compatibility of MR bore size with the patient.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0004]               In an embodiment the invention provides an apparatus that is used as a template for the bore of diagnostic machines. The apparatus for the MR bore will allow customers to test outpatients and inpatients outside the MR machine room to better “size up” the patient. The apparatus can also be used by ordering physicians to increase customer care by using the apparatus to determine if patient will not fit in the standard machine and opt to send to open machine where image quality may be compromised.

[0005]               In an embodiment, the lightweight apparatus allows any customer to “test” the patient before placing them on the MR table. This saves time for our customers by eliminating switching MR coils on/off the table from patient #1 to test patient (#2) to patient #3, decreases MR sa...