University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Sciences Lab

PSL helps with student project

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

PSL engineer Ken Kriesel is providing guidance to a team of Biomedical Engineering students as they develop an MRI Exerciser for Professor Naomi Chesler. The goal of this project is to develop an economical, ergonomic, and durable exercise device with adjustable workload for use with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Patients lying down on the MRI bed with most of their body in the MRI chamber will drive the exerciser with their legs. Data acquired by the MRI scanner while the patient is exercising will enable researchers to better understand and assess pulmonary hypertension.

 

The patient is readied on the MRI table, with his/her feet strapped to the exerciser.

 

The table, with the patient, has been moved into the MRI machine.

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