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Automated syringe driver for acupoint injection in functional MRI studies: a case for quantified point injection in neuroimaging studies of acupuncture.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18035947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The investigation of proposed acupuncture models is experiencing increasing interest particularly since the inception of functional neuroimaging in the early 1990s, but difficulty in providing acceptable controls has been an ongoing limitation. The use of titrated stimulation to generate a dose response is implied in the nature of the stimulus and the timing of the response. To address the complexity of delivering an accurate stimulus during an imaging study while simultaneously maintaining synchrony and recording stimulus parameters, stimulus delivery needs to be an automated task. This report presents the design and general description of a system capable of delivering acupoint stimulation by injection of precisely timed and measured saline doses while simultaneously interfaced to biomonitoring or neuroimaging instruments. The results of instrument validation in a clinical environment are presented, along with a discussion of the usefulness and limitations of the device.
Mark W Strudwick; Stephen J Wilson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of medical devices     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1743-4440     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2007 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-26     Completed Date:  2008-01-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230445     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Med Devices     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  815-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Queensland, Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Brisbane 4072, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Acupuncture Points*
Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Reproducibility of Results
Time Factors

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