HIGH S/N, HEAD AND NECK VOLUME PHASED ARRAY FOR NMR

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: MH56811-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: 39540
Amount: $99,860.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
540 E 105TH ST, STE 350, Cleveland, OH, 44143
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 SRINIVASAN, RAVI
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Business Contact
Phone: (216) 446-1581
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In Phase I, a head and neck array prototype RF coil capable of operating in the multiple (head only, neck only, head & neck) modes will be developed at l.5T. Phantom measurements and preliminary volunteer scans will be obtained to evaluate the signal-to-noise, uniformity, coverage, claustrophobia, etc. Phase II will involve optimizing the coil design, followed by extensive phantom and volunteer evaluations to achieve a high image quality over the head, neck, c-spine and the aortic arch. T,his design will be extended to 1.0 and 0.5T field strengths, validated and clinically verified prior to productization. Submissions to FDA and ETL for obtaining regulatory and compliance approvals will be made prior to the Phase II completion. Potential research and clinical uses include broad examinations of the brain, skull, face, neck, cervical spine, and blood vessels in patients with craniospinal traumatic injuries, stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders, and head and neck cancer. All this will translate into improved image quality, enhanced diagnostic accuracy in reduced scan times, decreasing patient discomfort while increasing throughput in a MR scanner. This we believe will be of substantial benefit to mankind and the US economy.

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