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The present invention provides systems and methods for the evaluation of the urethra and periurethral tissues using an MRI coil adapted for insertion into the male, female or pediatric urethra. The MRI coil may be in electrical communication with an interface circuit made up of a tuning-matching circuit, a decoupling circuit and a balun circuit. The interface circuit may also be in electrical communication with a MRI machine. In certain practices, the present invention provides methods for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the urethra and periurethral tissues, including disorders of the female pelvic floor, conditions of the prostate and anomalies of the pediatric pelvis.

Title
Systems and methods for evaluating the urethra and the periurethral tissues
Application Number
9/824536
Publication Number
6898454 (B2)
Application Date
April 2, 2001
Publication Date
May 24, 2005
Inventor
Parag Karmarkar
Elliot City
MD, US
Harald Hartmann Quick
Essen-Werden
DE
Ergin Atalar
Columbia
MD, US
Agent
Scott E Kamholz
Foley Hoag
Assignee
Surgi Vision
GA, US
The Johns Hopkins University
MD, US
IPC
A01B 005/05
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