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ADJUSTABLE FLOATING CHASSIS FOR LOW HEIGHT FOR MOBILE TABLES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000233820D
Publication Date: 2013-Dec-23
Document File: 5 page(s) / 3M

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Abstract

The invention provides a technique for minimizing ground clearance of mobile medical imaging table by incorporating an adjustable chassis in the table. The technique includes a secondary frame on which casters for the mobile table are mounted. The entire mobile table is then made to rest on the chassis on hydraulic boosters. During patient ingress or egress the hydraulic boosters are actuated by a foot pedal, which make the table sink low, close to the ground thereby reducing the ground clearance. The table is brought back to the initial height by actuating the same foot pedal while moving it around in the hospital.

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ADJUSTABLE FLOATING CHASSIS FOR LOW HEIGHT FOR MOBILE TABLES

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention generally relates to mobile medical imaging table and more particularly to a technique for minimizing ground clearance of mobile medical imaging table.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Generally, ground clearance is an additional constant which adds up to low height achievable by mobile tables.  Usually, mobile medical tables have a ground clearance in the range of 70-100 mm as depicted in FIG. 1.

FIG. 1

 In other words, gap between the lowest point on table and ground is 70 -100mm. Such a requirement poses a stringent disadvantage on the low height specification of the table. The gap of 70 -100 mm adds on to the height of the table, thereby, increasing the low height. Achieving low height on a mobile table is a complex heist as much of the space on the table is taken up by tabletop and casters leaving very less space for up/down mechanism.

A conventional technique includes up/down-motion apparatus for driving thread guide rail in spinning machine. The apparatus includes an up/down-motion unit positively moving upwardly and downwardly, a supporting pillar supporting a ring rail and an up/down-drive mechanism that drives a thread guide rail in the upward and downward directions in a reciprocating manner. However, the conventional technique does not relate to mobile medical table.

Another conventional technique includes a hybrid magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging system that reduces likelihood of artifact distortion in PET images attributable to MR local coil cables and connectors in the patient table. MR local coil cables couple to a MR scanner and MR local coil connectors are oriented so that they are outside the scanner field of view when performing PET scans. However, the above mentioned conventional technique does not include method for minimizing ground clearance to achieve low height mobile table design.

 

Hence there exists a need for an efficient technique for minimizing ground clearance of mobile medical table to achieve low height table design.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention provides a technique for minimizing ground clearance of mobile medical imaging table by incorporating an adjustable chassis in the table.  The technique includes a secondary frame on which casters for the mobile table are mounted. The entire mobile table is then made to rest on the chassis on hydraulic boosters. During patient ingress or egress the hydraulic boosters are actuated by a foot pedal, which make the table sink low, close to the ground thereby reducing the ground clearance.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The invention provides a technique for minimizing ground clearance of mobile medical imaging table by incorporating an adjustable chassis in the table. The technique includes a separate secondary frame to support the mobile table on casters. Base of the table is fixed to the secondary fr...