Podiatric MRI Coil for the Study of Diabetes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 22190
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10437 Innovation Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53226
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eddy B. Boskamp
 (414) 258-3808
Business Contact
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Research Institution
We will develop a dual-section quadrature detection (QD) volume foot and ankle coil which can either be interfaced with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system as a switched field-of-view (FOV) or a multiple channel coil to facilitate imaging both anatomical regions without patient re-positioning. This development is to provide an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and a larger FOV to ascertain the feasibility of imaging and differentiating pathologies associated with diabetes mellitus complications in the lower extremity. The geometry of the foot and ankle does not accommodate the use of a large cylindrical coil surrounding the anatomy without penalty of inferior image quality in comparison to an optimized anatomically-specific coil. The coil system will provide superior SNR due to the innovation of creating a QD configuration which optimizes coil filling factor and an array version for simultaneous data acquisition. Diabetes Mellitus afflicts approximately five percent of the population of the United States, and the foot is a prime target for pathologies which commonly occur among patients with this disease. The growing number of clinical applications of MRI of the foot and ankle enhance the commercial viability.

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