Design and optimisation of radio-frequency probes for high field magnetic imaging
Alsuraihi, Amany Ali (2011) Design and optimisation of radio-frequency probes for high field magnetic imaging. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
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This thesis addresses the inhomogeneity and the high SAR values associated with the state-of-art 7 T high field MR system. The high signal to noise ratio associated with such high field systems ≥ 7 T is a continuous driver to use such systems where high resolution images are acquired at short acquisition time. However, these systems come with many challenges. The central brightening effect in MR images indicates a B1 degraded field uniformity. For example, at 7 T with an operational electromagnetic frequency of 298 MHz the wavelength is about 12 cm in tissues. At such short wavelengths, circuit and electromagnetic theory will be invalid an analytical solution and is no longer feasible to predict magnetic field distribution.
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