Patch-Probe Excitation for Ultrahigh Magnetic Field Wide-Bore MRI

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, ISSN: 0018-9480, Vol: 65, Issue: 7, Page: 2547-2557

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Patrick Bluem; Andrew Kiruluta; Pierre-Francois Van de Moortele; Allison Duh; Gregor Adriany; Zoya Popovic
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Physics and Astronomy; Engineering
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In this paper, we present the design of probe excitations for 7- and 10.5-T traveling-wave wide-bore magnetic resonance imaging systems. The probes are 297- and 447-MHz coaxially fed microstrip patches, designed to give a circularly polarized magnetic field when placed in the metallic bore waveguide. Images of a water phantom using the patch probes are obtained and compared with full-wave electromagnetic simulations. Additionally, periodic axial metal strip cylinders are inserted into the bore, resulting in improved field uniformity in a phantom with a simultaneous increase in SNR. The numerical analysis for nonquasi-static fields can be computationally intensive, and the numerical error for finite-element simulations is quantified using modified boundary conditions of the system. When the waveguide effects are taken into account, the mode content in the images compares well to full-wave simulations.