‘Printed electronics’ could make MRI more effective, comfortable

A new method of printing electronic circuity could have the potential to increase the effectiveness of MRI while making the process significantly more patient-friendly.

Colleagues Miki Lustig and Ana Claudia Arias of the University of California-Berkley developed the idea of using flat, flexible circuits to replace the traditional radiofrequency (RF) coils used as receivers of RF signals during the MRI process. Traditional RF coils can be bulky, uncomfortable and difficult to position correctly, especially in infant imaging studies.

Lustig and Arias believe their concept, destined for clinical trials in early 2016, can “make the MRI experience more comfortable and less scary to everyone, while getting better images.”

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