A high-impedance detector-array glove for magnetic resonance imaging of the hand

Bei Zhang, Daniel K. Sodickson, Martijn A. Cloos

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Densely packed resonant structures used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), such as nuclear magnetic resonance phased-array detectors, suffer from resonant inductive coupling, which restricts coil design to fixed geometries, imposes performance limitations, and narrows the scope of MRI experiments to motionless subjects. Here, we report the design of high-impedance detectors, and the fabrication and performance of a wearable detector array for MRI of the hand, that cloak themselves from electrodynamic interactions with neighboring elements. We experimentally verified that the detectors do not suffer from signal-to-noise degradation mechanisms typically observed with the use of traditional low-impedance elements. The detectors are adaptive and can accommodate movement, providing access to the imaging of soft-tissue biomechanics with unprecedented flexibility. The design of the wearable detector glove exemplifies the potential of high-impedance detectors in enabling a wide range of applications that are not well suited to traditional coil designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-577
Number of pages8
JournalNature Biomedical Engineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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