A single setup approach for the MRI-based measurement and validation of the transfer function of elongated medical implants

Peter R. S. Stijnman, M. Arcan Erturk, Cornelis A. T. van den Berg, Alexander J. E. Raaijmakers

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Abstract

Purpose: To propose a single setup using the MRI to both measure and validate the transfer function (TF) of linear implants. Conventionally, the TF of an implant is measured in one bench setup and validated using another. Methods: It has been shown that the TF can be measured using MRI. To validate this measurement, the implant is exposed to different incident electric fields, while the temperature increase at the tip is monitored. For a good validation, the incident electric fields that the implant is exposed to should be orthogonal. We perform a simulation study on six different methods that change the incident electric field. Afterward, a TF measurement and validation study using the best method from the simulations is performed. This is done with fiberoptic temperature probes at 1.5 T for four linear implant structures using the proposed single setup. Results: The simulation study showed that positioning local transmit coils at different locations along the lead trajectory has a similar validation quality compared with changing the implant trajectory (ie, the conventional validation method). For the validation study that was performed, an R 2 ≥ 0.91 was found for the four investigated leads. Conclusion: A single setup to both measure and validate the transfer function using local transmit coils has been shown to work. The benefits of using the proposed validation method are that there is only one setup required instead of two and the implant trajectory is not varied; therefore, the relative distance between the leap tip and the temperature probe is constant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2751-2765
Number of pages15
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volume86
Issue number5
Early online date25 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • measurement
  • simulation
  • transfer function
  • validation

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