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Modified birdcage coils for targeted imaging.

Gasson, J; Summers, IR; Fry, ME; Vennart, W; (1995) Modified birdcage coils for targeted imaging. Magn Reson Imaging , 13 (7) pp. 1003-1012.

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Abstract

The design of a radiofrequency coil of U-shaped geometry, specifically intended to image individual knuckle joints of the hand, has been investigated. The coil geometry is that of a "split and opened" birdcage coil. The optimum leg positions for such a U-shaped coil have been theoretically predicted using a novel technique that considers both the signal-to-noise ratio and the homogeneity of the field-of-view. Two particular coils of this type have been constructed, each optimum for a different size of image space and assuming a different source of image noise (sample-dominated or coil-dominated). The experimentally determined radiofrequency fields produced by the coils correspond well to theory. Either coil can be used to obtain good-quality, high-resolution (130 microns x 130 microns in-plane) images in vivo of the first, second, or fifth metacarpophalangeal joints of the hand, sites of particular interest in the study of arthritis.

Type: Article
Title: Modified birdcage coils for targeted imaging.
Location: Netherlands
Keywords: Arthritis, Equipment Design, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Metacarpophalangeal Joint
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/39423
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