Title

Optimizing Radio-Frequency Coils for Low Cost Magnetic Resonance

Author ORCID Identifier

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a versatile and non-invasive imaging technique that produces images with rich contrast. Quantitative Magnetic Resonance (MR) can also provide information on sample properties, such as composition, diffusion and solubility without altering the sample physically. Conventional MR systems are very expensive, requiring a large volume of space. The construction of a miniature, low-cost MR system will address these issues. Portable MRI instruments will dramatically increase the accessibility and enable point-of-care diagnosis.

The primary challenge with cost-effective MR is the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) arising from the low and largely inhomogeneous magnetic field. One solution to increase the SNR is to optimize the Radio-Frequency (RF) coils that are used to generate and detect signals. Different coil configurations lead to different measurements of SNR. We propose to investigate the performance of multiple surface RF coil configurations to optimize the performance of our cost-effective MR scanner.

Standing

Undergraduate

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Challenges Theme

Open Challenge

Your Location

Windsor

Faculty

Faculty of Science

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Dan Xiao

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Optimizing Radio-Frequency Coils for Low Cost Magnetic Resonance

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a versatile and non-invasive imaging technique that produces images with rich contrast. Quantitative magnetic Resonance can also provide information on sample properties, such as composition, diffusion and solubility without altering the sample physically. Conventional MR systems are very expensive, requiring a large volume of space. The construction of a miniature, low-cost MR system will address these issues. Portable MRI instruments will dramatically increase the accessibility and enable point-of-care diagnosis.

The primary challenge with cost-effective MR is the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) arising from the low and largely inhomogeneous magnetic field. One solution to increase the SNR is to optimize the radio-frequency (RF) coils that are used to generate and detect signals. We propose to investigate the performance of different surface RF coil configurations to optimize the performance of our cost-effective MR scanner.

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Optimizing Radio-Frequency Coils for Low Cost Magnetic Resonance

Optimizing Radio-Frequency Coils for Low Cost Magnetic Resonance

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a versatile and non-invasive imaging technique that produces images with rich contrast. Quantitative magnetic Resonance can also provide information on sample properties, such as composition, diffusion and solubility without altering the sample physically. Conventional MR systems are very expensive, requiring a large volume of space. The construction of a miniature, low-cost MR system will address these issues. Portable MRI instruments will dramatically increase the accessibility and enable point-of-care diagnosis.

The primary challenge with cost-effective MR is the low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) arising from the low and largely inhomogeneous magnetic field. One solution to increase the SNR is to optimize the radio-frequency (RF) coils that are used to generate and detect signals. We propose to investigate the performance of different surface RF coil configurations to optimize the performance of our cost-effective MR scanner.