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Method and apparatus for wireless monitoring of subjects within a magnetic field

United States Patent Application

20060241392
A1
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An apparatus for monitoring a conscious subject, such as a rat or human, in a strong magnetic field, such as that generated by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, includes sensors and wireless transmitter. The sensors detect physiological parameters of the subject, and the transmitter sends a wireless signal representing the parameters. A system for monitoring a conscious subject in a magnetic field includes a wireless monitor, wireless interface, and computer. The wireless monitor includes the sensors, filters, microcontroller, and wireless transmitter. The wireless interface receives the signal from the wireless monitor and transmits a corresponding signal to the computer. A method of monitoring a conscious subject in a strong magnetic field includes disposing the sensor in the magnetic field, sensing a physiological parameter from the subject, providing a sensed signal representing the parameter, disposing a wireless transmitter on the subject, and transmitting a signal representing the sensed parameter.
Feinstein, Igor (Jersey City, NJ), Kierstead, James (Patchogue, NY), Benveniste, Helene (Northport, NY)
11/ 097,918
April 4, 2005
[0001] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-98CH10886, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.