Optimization of Multi-Channel Coil for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Sensors, Devices and Components
The technology presents a reliable and fast method for performance optimization of a multi-channel coil based on direct minimization of the power, which is reflected at the resonance frequency.
- Direct minimization of the power: The technology presents performance optimization of a multi-channel near-field RF coil, which is simultaneously excited by at least two power signals with fixed amplitude and phase, by direct minimization of the power (Pref,coil) at the resonance frequency.
- Simple installation of a measuring device: A device, which measures the power reflected by the RF coils, is installed between the power source and the input coil.
- Adjustable and replaceable coil components: Power reflected by the entire coil depends on the value of the adjustable and replaceable coil components, including EM coupling compensation components. Thus, by changing these values, Pref,coil can be easily minimized.
- Easier protocol: The method requires measurement of the power reflected by each coil input as a scalar quantity. This procedure is simpler than the existing process of the S-parameter matrix measurements.
- Precise estimation: The simplicity of the scalar measurements ensure precise estimation of the power and makes the power guided performance optimization of a multi-channel near-field RF coil suitable for real application.
- Insensitive to the load dependence: The method described is insensitive to the load dependence of the coil performance. Furthermore, if tuning of the coils cannot be performed on-site due to safety issues; the coil performance can be pre-optimized taking into account a set of expected load conditions.
- Coils are independent of each other: Power signals can be varied independently for each coil as well as for the entire coil.
- Monte Carlo approach: The coil is first tuned experimentally to obtain the minimum power for nominal input power amplitude and phase. The coil with tune and feed condition thus derived is analyzed experimentally by a Monte Carlo approach to obtain the dependence of the power on the amplitude and phase of the voltage at each input of the coil.
- 8-channel MRI coil: Optimum MRI coils (Figure 1) are designed for human subjects.
PCT application filed with priority date 8.9.09.
- Ref.-No.: 1302-4127-BC (243.1 KiB)
Dr. Bernd Ctortecka, M. Phil.
Phone: +49 89 / 29 09 19-20