DOI: 10.1101/474015Nov 22, 2018Paper

Reconfigurable MRI coil technology can substantially reduce RF heating at the tips of bilateral deep brain stimulation implants

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Laleh GolestaniradLawrence L Wald


Patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) implants can significantly benefit from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination, however, access to MRI is restricted in this patients because of safety concerns due to RF heating of the leads. Recently we introduced a patient-adjustable reconfigurable MRI coil system to reduce the SAR at the tip of deep brain stimulation implants during MRI at 1.5T. A simulation study with realistic models of single (unilateral) DBS leads demonstrated a substantial reduction in the local SAR up to 500-fold could be achieved using the coil system compared to quadrature birdcage coils. Many patients however, have bilateral DBS implants and the question arises whether the rotating coil system can be used in for them. This work reports the results of phantom experiments measuring the temperature rise at the tips of bilateral DBS implants with realistic trajectories extracted from postoperative CT images of 10 patients (20 leads in total). A total of 200 measurements were performed to record temperature rise at the tips of the leads during 2 minutes of scanning with the coil rotated to cover all accessible rotation angles. In all patients, we were able to find an optimum coil rotation angle and reduce...Continue Reading

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