The University of Auckland

Project #52: Investigation of electromagnetic coil design for MRI imaging systems

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Description:

Magnetic resonance imaging is the technique of choice for many medical imaging requirements. Unlike CAT scans, MRI does not involve ionizing radiation, and is therefore likely safer than X-rays and CAT-scans. However, there are known issues with the technique such as an operating noise many patients find disturbing, and issues with appropriate design of key coils in the equipment to ensure an appropriate magnetic field strength profile to achieve the desired imaging resolution. This project seeks to identify those problems which likely have an electromagnetic origin and then to identify one (or more) improved coil designs to remedy these shortcomings.

Outcome:

Identification (and prioritisation) of problems with current MRI systems.

Design of modified coil systems (RF or Gradient or both) to overcome these problems.

Demonstration (via simulation or laboratory experiment) of an improvement in the coil's performance.

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ELECTENG 307 (pre-requisite)

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