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INTEGRATING WIRELESS RESPIRATORY AND VECTORCARDIOGRAM (VCG) MODULES USING A LIGHT WEIGHT FLEXIBLE COIL

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241809D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-02
Document File: 3 page(s) / 145K

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Abstract

An integrated design of wireless respiratory and vectorcardiogram (VCG) modules using a light weight flexible coat coil is disclosed. The design includes integration of electrocardiogram (ECG) or VCG electrode connections and respiratory tube within the light weight flexible coat coil design. The integrated design reduces pre-exam preparation time and increases MR examination productivity by providing proper placeholders for electrodes, tube, coil and cables.

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INTEGRATING WIRELESS RESPIRATORY AND VECTORCARDIOGRAM (VCG) MODULES USING A LIGHT WEIGHT FLEXIBLE COIL

BACKGROUND

The present disclosure relates generally to a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and more particularly to a light weight flexible coat coil design integrating wireless respiratory and vectorcardiogram (VCG) modules.

Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive imaging technique that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions, especially those related to soft tissues. For example, a cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) system accurately depicts cardiac structure, function, perfusion, and myocardial viability with a capacity unmatched by any other imaging modality. Therefore, cardiac MR is a widely used. Nevertheless, constant motion of a heart presents challenges in obtaining clear images through MR technique.

These challenges of tissue motion during scanning are conventionally overcome by various techniques including synchronizing imaging with electrocardiogram or vectorcardiogram (ECG or VCG) tracing, synchronizing imaging with breathing, or performing breath hold scan. Such techniques require monitoring a patient ECG or VCG and respiratory waveforms, which in turn require complicated and time consuming preparation procedure, including ECG or VCG electrode setup, respiratory band and coil positioning. Such preparation procedures significantly impact clinical productivity.

It would be desirable to have a design that provides clear MR images without requiring complicated and time consuming preparation procedures.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure 1 depicts a light weight flexible coat coil.

Figure 2 depicts holes in the light weight flexible coat coil allowing wires of ECG/VCG to pass through.

Figure 3 depicts elastic band in a waist of the light weight flexible coat coil.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A design integrating wireless respiratory and vectorcardiogram (VCG) modules using a light weight flexible coat coil is disclosed. The design includes integratio...