MEDICAL IMAGING MOTION MONITOR (MIMM)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$516,375.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43NS082109-01A1
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
R43NS082109
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
NINDS
Solicitation Number:
PA12-088
Small Business Information
4415 EUCLID AVE, CLEVELAND, OH, 44103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
557510625
Principal Investigator:
MATTHEW TARLER
(216) 791-6720
mtarler@clevemed.com
Business Contact:
MATTHEW TARLER
(216) 619-5915
mtarler@clevemed.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Patient motion is a major issue in nuclear medicine imaging studies due to the substantial time to acquire enough counts to produce clinical-quality images. Motion correction algorithms exist but have limited accuracy and effectiveness, and in many instances the only practical alternative is to re-scan the patient. Most work on patient motion sensing has focused on optical tracking systems. Although sub-millimeter accuracy has been attained in research laboratories, thecost, complexity, and line-of-sight requirement of external optical tracking systems have prevented their routine use in clinical nuclear medicine departments. There is an unmet clinical need for a practical and inexpensive patient motion sensing device for nuclear medicine studies. This is especially true for brain PET and SPECT studies which demand high resolution and accurate quantification, both of which may be severely degraded by patient motion. We propose a novel and inexpensive method for head tracking for brain PET and SPECT studies that satisfies these practical requirements. Our aims in phase I are to develop the necessary hardware and software for accurate head motion sensing and to validate this method in clinical brain PET and SPECT studies.PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: We propose to develop and evaluate a novel and inexpensive motion sensing device for head tracking during brain PET and SPECT studies. Patient motion often limits image quality, and there is an unmet clinical need for an inexpensive head tracking solution that is practical for clinical nuclear medicine departments. The data from this study will demonstrate the feasibility of our approach and will guide future clinical research in motion compensationfor higher resolution and more accurate quantification in brain PET and SPECT imaging.

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