Magnetic Resonance Compatible Electric Motor
Background: Standard electrical motors when used in magnetic resonance (MR) instrumentation may interfere with the functionality of the MR imaging. These interferences from the motor distort the resulting MR images. Developing a motor that operates in high magnetic fields used in MR imaging and MR based intervention procedures without distorting the resulting images is desirable. Technology: University of California, Irvine researchers have developed a high torque and novel electric motor that operates in high magnetic fields without degrading the quality of MR images. The motor may be constructed without paramagnetic materials. Application: This new motor may be manufactured for use in medical applications that require a high magnetic field. MR applications of this motor would result in improved signal to noise in the MR images.
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