The coil array method for creating a dynamic imaging volume

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Abstract

Purpose

Gradient strength and speed are limited by peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) thresholds. The coil array method allows the gradient field to be moved across the imaging area. This can help reduce PNS and provide faster imaging for image-guided therapy systems such as the magnetic resonance imaging–guided linear accelerator (MRI-linac).

Theory

The coil array is designed such that many coils produce magnetic fields, which combine to give the desired gradient profile. The design of the coil array uses two methods: either the singular value decomposition (SVD) of a set of field profiles or the electromagnetic modes of the coil surface.

Methods

Two whole-body coils and one experimental coil were designed to investigate the method. The field produced by the experimental coil was compared to simulated results.

Results

The experimental coil region of uniformity (ROU) was moved along the z axis as shown in simulation. The highest observed field deviation was 16.9% at the edge of the ROU with a shift of 35 mm. The whole-body coils showed a median field deviation across all offsets below 5% with an eight-coil basis when using the SVD design method.

Conclusion

Experimental results show the feasibility of a moving imaging region within an MRI with a low number of coils in the array. Magn Reson Med, 2016. © 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

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