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Magn Reson Med. 2002 Dec;48(6):1091-5.

Remote control of catheter tip deflection: an opportunity for interventional MRI.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA.


This study seeks to exploit the high magnetic field environment of a clinical MRI scanner and demonstrate the technical feasibility of developing a catheter whose tip can be remotely oriented within the magnetic field by applying a DC current to a coil wound around the catheter tip to generate a magnetic moment and consequent deflection. To achieve arbitrary three-dimensional deflections, a three-axis coil was wound on a 1.5 Fr cylindrical catheter. By applying DC currents in the 100 mA range, this catheter was successfully guided through a 3D phantom maze, mimicking the vasculature, under MR imaging guidance. Feasibility was demonstrated that the strong ambient magnetic field of the MR scanner offers a special opportunity to develop simple devices that can be remotely steered to sites of clinical interest.

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