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Strategies for Maximizing Signal to Noise in Decoupled Receive Coil Arrays for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Open Access


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Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Radio Frequency
Signal to Noise
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Maunder, Adam M
Supervisor and department
Mousavi, Pedram (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
De Zanche, Nicola (Oncology)
Daneshmand, Mojgan (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Wachowicz, Keith (Oncology)
Daneshmand, Mojgan (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Mousavi, Pedram (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Hossain, Masum (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
De Zanche, Nicola (Oncology)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
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Master of Science
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Designing radio frequency coil arrays for optimal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been a wide area of interest for many years. The optimum coil type for high density arrays and the mitigation of coupling between elements in arrays are significant problems addressed in this thesis. Coupling causes signal and noise transfer between coils, which affects optimum preamplifier noise matching, can cause resonant frequency splitting and degrade individual coil sensitivities. A theoretical framework for modeling capacitive coupling between array elements is developed and it is shown that coils can be completely decoupled by modified capacitive coupling without loss of SNR performance. Composite coils are three naturally decoupled orthogonal coils. During the design and testing of an 8-coil composite coil array their potential benefits in terms of SNR and parallel imaging are demonstrated. Also, composite arrays are compared to surface arrays with equal element count in relation to the maximum theoretical performance.
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Citation for previous publication
A. M. Maunder, M. Daneshmand, P. Mousavi, B. G. Fallone and N. De Zanche, "Parasitic capacitance in MRI coil arrays: Models and application to Array decoupling," in Microwave Symposium Digest, 2013

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