BRIC-Radiology Faculty Candidate Seminar

When Feb 19, 2013
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where BRIC Conference Room (Med Research Building D)
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BRIC—Radiology Faculty Candidate Seminar

Presented by:

Xiaoliang Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UCSF

Challenges and Opportunities in Human MR Imaging at Ultrahigh Fields: an RF Perspective

Tuesday, February 19th 2013 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Presented in the Medical Research Building D Conference Room

Abstract:

High (e.g. 3 and 4T) and ultrahigh magnetic fields (e.g. 7, 8 and 9.4T) for human MR applications have been advocated due to their intrinsically high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and spectral dispersion. A major challenge to fully realize such high-field advantages is the design of high-frequency RF coils, especially large volume coils and parallel imaging transceiver arrays, which determines the feasibility of in vivo MR studies at ultra-high fields. In addition, the high frequency wave behavior of the B1+/B1- fields in the conductive and high dielectric samples (such as human body) causes inhomogeneous signal distributions. In this talk, we will discuss the problems faced in high frequency coil designs, such as increased radiation losses, degraded sensitivity, image inhomogeneity, complex wave behaviors, high operating frequency limitations, and also the solutions using the newly developed microstrip transmission line (MTL) coil design method and their in vivo applications. The coil design examples will cover surface coils, volume coils, parallel imaging transceiver arrays and dual-tuned coils. Parallel transmit using multichannel transceiver arrays for B1 shimming and selective excitation will be also discussed.