Owen John Arthurs1, Erich Zammer2, David John Lomas1
1Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom; 2Department of Orthopaedics, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Traditional X-ray fluoroscopy methods for upper gastro-intestinal (GI) tract imaging in children require postural alteration to help move contrast media to the required locations. In order to establish an equivalent MRI technique for imaging the paediatric gut, we have developed a custom-built coil insert which allows for gentle rotation of a child within a rigid surface coil. It has a Vitrothene polymer backing, with a Plastazote foam insert, which is currently for orthopaedic supports in our hospital. These materials are strong, non-ferromagnetic, easily cleanable, lightweight and breathable. This type of device should help facilitate MR fluoroscopy in small children.