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MRI Infusion Pump. Advisor Dr. Naomi Chesler. Biomedical Engineering University of Wisconsin - Madison. Group Members. Ryan Augustine Gordy Lawrence Tim Eng Christine Weisshaar Megan Buroker Nate Gaeckle. Client. Dr. George C. Newman Department of Neurology

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advisor dr naomi chesler
AdvisorDr. Naomi Chesler
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
group members
Group Members
  • Ryan Augustine
  • Gordy Lawrence
  • Tim Eng
  • Christine Weisshaar
  • Megan Buroker
  • Nate Gaeckle
  • Dr. George C. Newman
  • Department of Neurology
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital
The goal of this design is to create a more time efficient pump that wastes a smaller amount of gadolinium and infuses with controllable precision. A prototype has been constructed that uses Bernoulli’s principle of ideal fluid flow. This prototype will be able to deliver a bolus injection, immediately followed by the infusion, while also having the ability to change the flow rates of gadolinium and saline throughout the infusion. This will save both time during the procedure, and money expended on gadolinium. The design is still in the beginning stages, and there are a few modifications and additions to be made to have a device that can be used accurately in an MRI environment.
  • Contrast agent gadolinium infused in blood stream to create diagnostic image.
  • Infusion pump holds syringe of gadolinium and syringe of saline rinse.
  • Pump connected to patient’s IV line.
  • Magnetic field requires materials be non-ferrous
  • Gadolinium is pre-packaged.
    • Waste $40. per bottle
  • Our client desires a controllable device for bolus and infusion during MRI scans that is durable enough for daily use. Inaccurate flow rates and quantities can lead to diagnostic errors.
client requirements
Client Requirements
  • Current MRI pumps are restricted in flow rate control and waste considerable contrast. Manual syringe loading costs time between bolus and infusion, leading to image inaccuracy. The client desires a pump that can control the flow rates of both contrast and saline, without having to constantly change the syringes. Due to the magnetic field, this pump must be made from non-ferrous material.
design requirements
Design Requirements
  • Flow rate ranges from 0.25 to 5 mL/sec
  • Overcome venous pressure of 15 mmHg
  • Decrease time between bolus and infusion
  • Non-ferrous material.
  • Bolus: deliver 10-25 mL +- 0.5 mL contrast at 3mL/s +- 0.2 mL/sec
  • Infusion: (within 0.02 mL/sec)
    • Deliver contrast at 0.25-0.35 mL/sec
    • Deliver saline at 0.65-0.75 mL/sec
Bernoulli’s Equation for steady Flow

P1 = P2 + (1/2)ρQ22(1/A22 – 1/A12) + ρgΔh

  • Bernoulli’s Equation for unsteady Flow

P1 = P2 + (1/2)ρQ22(1/A22 – 1/A12) + ρgΔh + ∫(dvs/dt)ds

final design
Final Design
  • Follows Bernoulli’s Equation for Ideal Fluid Flow
  • Made for 250 mL IV bags.
  • Pump made from polycarbonate and brass fittings.
  • Rubber Gasket used to seal the pump.
  • ~$5000 for final design.
future work
Future Work
  • Addition of Ultrasonic flowmeters to IV lines.
  • Addition of pressure regulators between the gas canister and pump.
  • Integrate with computer controlling.
  • Obtain a more sensitive regulator to improve accuracy.
  • Construct stand to hold apparatus.
  • Add second pump for gadolinium.
  • Construct an adapter to change IV tubing.

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