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Mechanically adjustable coil array for wrist MRI


Nordmeyer-Massner, J A; De Zanche, N; Pruessmann, K P (2009). Mechanically adjustable coil array for wrist MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 61(2):429-438.

Abstract

In this work, the concept of mechanically adjustable MR receiver coil arrays is proposed and implemented for the specific case of human wrist imaging. An eight-channel wrist array for proton MRI at 3 Tesla was constructed and evaluated. The array adjusts to the individual anatomy by a mechanism that fits a configuration of flexible coil elements closely around the wrist. With such adjustability, it is challenging to ensure robust electrical behavior and signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. These requirements are met by preamplifier decoupling and a suitable matching strategy based on pi networks that render the coil responses robust against changes in tuning, loading and mutual coupling. The robustness of the resulting SNR yield was studied by varying the effective coil matching over a wide range in a phantom imaging experiment. While SNR variation of up to 25% was observed at the surface of the phantom the SNR was essentially constant in the critical center region. A second SNR study in wrist phantoms of different sizes confirmed the benefits of bringing the coil elements very close, up to 3 mm, to the individual target volume. These findings were supported by initial in vivo imaging, exploiting high-sensitivity detection for highly resolved structural imaging. Copyright 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

In this work, the concept of mechanically adjustable MR receiver coil arrays is proposed and implemented for the specific case of human wrist imaging. An eight-channel wrist array for proton MRI at 3 Tesla was constructed and evaluated. The array adjusts to the individual anatomy by a mechanism that fits a configuration of flexible coil elements closely around the wrist. With such adjustability, it is challenging to ensure robust electrical behavior and signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. These requirements are met by preamplifier decoupling and a suitable matching strategy based on pi networks that render the coil responses robust against changes in tuning, loading and mutual coupling. The robustness of the resulting SNR yield was studied by varying the effective coil matching over a wide range in a phantom imaging experiment. While SNR variation of up to 25% was observed at the surface of the phantom the SNR was essentially constant in the critical center region. A second SNR study in wrist phantoms of different sizes confirmed the benefits of bringing the coil elements very close, up to 3 mm, to the individual target volume. These findings were supported by initial in vivo imaging, exploiting high-sensitivity detection for highly resolved structural imaging. Copyright 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:24 Nov 2009 10:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:33
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0740-3194
Publisher DOI:10.1002/mrm.21868
PubMed ID:19161134
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-24015

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