Medical examination apparatus for simultaneously obtaining an MR image and an X-ray exposure of a subject
Coil harness assembly for interventional MRI application
Medical examination system allowing MR images and x-ray exposures to be made without re-situating a patient on a patient bed
Integrated multi-modality imaging system and method Patent #: 6591127
ApplicationNo. 10391065 filed on 03/18/2003
US Classes:600/407, Detecting nuclear, electromagnetic, or ultrasonic radiation600/411, Combined with therapeutic or diverse diagnostic device600/427, Combined with therapeutic or diagnostic device600/437, Ultrasonic378/63, Combined with non-X-ray imaging600/422, Coil600/415With means for positioning patient or body part
ExaminersPrimary: Smith, Ruth S.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
AbstractAn integrated, multi-modality imaging technique is disclosed. The embodiment described combines a split-magnet MRI system with a digital x-ray system. The two systems are employed together to generate images of a subject in accordance with their individual physics and imaging characteristics. The images may be displaced in real time, such as during a surgical intervention. The images may be registered with one another and combined to form a composite image in which tissues or objects difficult to image in one modality are visible. By appropriately selecting the position of an x-ray source and detector, and by programming a desired corresponding slice for MRI imaging, useful combined images may be obtained and displayed.