Patent Number: 6,169,403

Title: Method and MR device for simulating electrical simulations in a subject by MR stimulation

Abstract: A method or apparatus for the simulation of electrical stimulations in an examination subject which are generated by rapidly switched gradient fields of an MR device, and wherein aborting of the executed measuring sequence occurs given the crossing of a threshold value in an online monitoring, wherein the crossing of the threshold value is signaled prior to the execution of the measuring sequence in a look-ahead monitoring, at least one gradient signal G(t) is determined which is defined by the time characteristic of the gradient pulses, at least one first filtered gradient signal G.sub.F1 (t) is formed by filtering the gradient signal G(t) with a first filtering function f.sub.F1 (t) a stimulation signal Stim(t) is formed which describes the stimulation of the examination subject, from the first filtered gradient signal G.sub.F1 (t), and the stimulation signal Stim(t) is compared to a definable stimulation threshold value Stim.sub.lim. If Stim.sub.lim is exceeded an indicator indicating that a stimulation has occurred is emitted.

Inventors: Hebrank; Franz (Hessdorf, DE), Gebhardt; Matthias (Erlangen, DE), Lenz; Helmut (Oberasbach, DE)

Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

International Classification: A61N 2/00 (20060101); A61N 2/02 (20060101); G01R 33/38 (20060101); G01R 33/385 (20060101); G01V 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018