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20130027041METHOD OF PERFORMING MRI WITH AN ATOMIC MAGNETOMETER - A method and apparatus are provided for performing an in-situ magnetic resonance imaging of an object. The method includes the steps of providing an atomic magnetometer, coupling a magnetic field generated by magnetically resonating samples of the object through a flux transformer to the atomic magnetometer and measuring a magnetic resonance of the atomic magnetometer.01-31-2013
20130027040MAGNETIC RESONANCE RADIO-FREQUENCY COIL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING - A Magnetic Resonance (MR) Radio-Frequency (RF) coil and method of manufacturing are provided for a multi-modality imaging system. The multi-modality imaging system includes a Magnetic Resonance (MR) scanner portion configured to acquired MR data of a patient using one or more MR Radio-Frequency (RF) coils. The one or more MR RF coils are formed from carbon nanotube conductors. The multi-modality imaging system also includes a radiation potion configured to transmit radiation through or detect radiation from the patient.01-31-2013
20100164498INTEGRATED-CIRCUIT LOW-NOISE AMPLIFIER - It is proposed herein to improve the specifications of a low-noise amplifier (LNA) by integrating it in a chip. In order to cover a range of operating frequencies using a single chip, the integrated-circuit amplifier proposed herein comprises an input port configured to receive a magnetic resonance (MR) signal from a radio-frequency (RF) coil, one or more LNAs configured to amplify the received MR signal, and an output port configured to output the amplified MR signal from the one or more LNAs. The operating frequency of the RF coil depends on the field strength, The matching circuit, if present, needs to be tuned to operate at the operating frequency of the RF coil, and depends on the component values in the loop, thus on loop size. In contrast, the proposed integrated-circuit amplifier is capable of directly connecting to RF coils with different loop sizes, without the need for a matching circuit.07-01-2010
20080258731High Impedance Differential Input Preamplifier and Antenna for Mri - Antenna assemblies for magnetic resonance signals comprise a non-resonant loop antenna and a high impedance differential amplifier. The amplifier can include first and second high electron mobility transistors that have gates coupled to an antenna loop that is defined on a rigid substrate. The non-resonant loop has an effective length of less than about 1/10 of a wavelength of a signal to be detected. Arrays of such loops can be defined on the rigid substrate, and HEMTs for the loops secured to the substrate.10-23-2008
20090121718PROBE FOR NMR MEASUREMENT - A probe for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurement provided with a multiple resonant circuit for detecting signals of two or more nuclides with high detection efficiency for nuclide at low resonant frequency comprises a multiple resonance radio frequency (RF) coil circuit that, with multiple lead lines connected to the RF coil, causes a part of the RF coil, separated by the connection points of the lead lines, to function as the inductor of a trap circuit that cuts off a signal at the frequency F05-14-2009
20090121717RF ANTENNA WITH INTEGRATED ELECTRONICS - A radio frequency antenna comprising a resonant pickup circuit (05-14-2009
20100117653DIPLEX FILTER AND METHOD TO FILTER SIGNALS - A diplex filter is formed by two impedance-transforming filters with separate transmission frequency ranges and with separate cut-off frequency ranges and a connection node at which two series elements of the two filters are connected. These two series elements are each fashioned as a parallel oscillating circuit, each parallel oscillating circuit exhibiting a predetermined reactance in a midband of the respective transmission frequency range and a parallel resonance in a midband of the respective cut-off frequency range. The diplex filter can be realized in a simple and cost-effective manner without ferrite-containing special components, for instance inductively coupled coils or tapped coils thereby allowing use thereof in a magnetic resonance tomograph, for example.05-13-2010
20100117651RECEIVER - A receiver for a wireless magnetic resonance imaging system comprises a pair of substantially identical notch filters (05-13-2010
20130082711SIGNAL SPLITTER - A signal splitter for creating at least two symmetrical equal-power signals from an input signal for use in an amplifier device includes at least one input terminal pair and at least two output terminal pairs. A primary conductor structure supplied from the at least one input terminal pair is provided for induction of a current flow in at least two secondary conductor structures each connected to an output terminal pair of the at least two output terminal pairs and the at least two secondary conductor structures. A center of a conductor length of each of the at least two secondary conductor structures is connected to ground, and the primary conductor structure and the at least two secondary conductor structures are realized as conductor tracks applied to a printed circuit board.04-04-2013
20130076360POWER MODULE AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS - A power module for a high frequency amplifier unit is provided. The power module includes a base support plate, on which at least one power electronic module is contacted via a number of contact pins. A shield plate is arranged on a side of the power electronic module facing away from the base support plate. The power electronic module is in contact with a cooling element at a side facing the shield plate.03-28-2013
20130076361RF RECEIVING COIL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - To order to provide an RF receiving coil having a structure that can be safely mounted on an object and an MRI apparatus including the RF receiving coil, the RF receiving coil includes a main body having one or more flexible closed conductor loops for receiving a nuclear magnetic resonance signal, a flexible outer cover section that covers the closed conductor loop, a preamplifier section that amplifies the nuclear magnetic resonance signal received by the closed conductor loop, and a housing section in which the preamplifier section is housed and which is more rigid than the outer cover section. The RF receiving coil is mounted on the object in a state where the main body is bent such that the end surfaces of both ends of the main body face each other, and the MRI apparatus performs imaging using such an RF receiving coil.03-28-2013
20130076359OUTPUT STAGE MODULE FOR A POWER AMPLIFIER DEVICE - An output stage module for a power amplifier device (e.g., for a power amplifier device of a transmit unit of a magnetic resonance device) includes a housing and a carrier that is arranged within the housing. The carrier is made of a non-electrically-conducting, thermally-conducting material with low electrical losses (e.g., a ceramic carrier). At least two transistor dies are arranged on the carrier. At least one transistor, in each case, is assigned to a phase of a symmetrical input signal. In and/or on the carrier, a first conductor structure connecting (e.g., inductively) a drain output of the at least two transistor dies to an output signal and to second conductor structures each conducting an input signal to at least one gate input of the at least two transistor dies are provided. At least one cooling channel routed adjacent to at least one transistor die of the at least two transistor dies is provided.03-28-2013
20130076358ADJUSTABLE MRI HEAD COIL APPARATUS AND MRI SYSTEM - An adjustable MRI head coil apparatus and MRI system include a fixture and a plurality of plates attached to the fixture. Each of the plurality of plates includes a plurality of RF receive elements arranged in a fixed orientation. The adjustable MRI head coil apparatus and MRI system also include an actuator mechanism configured to adjust the relative position of each of the plurality of plates in order to fit a variety of different patient head sizes.03-28-2013
20130082710SYSTEM FOR TRAVELLING WAVE MR IMAGING AT LOW FREQUENCIES AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A system for travelling wave MR imaging includes an MR imaging apparatus having a magnet coil assembly having a magnet coil bore extending therethrough, a gradient coil assembly positioned within the magnet coil bore and having a gradient coil bore extending therethrough, and a waveguide positioned within the gradient coil bore. The waveguide has a waveguide bore extending therethrough. A computer is programmed to access a scan sequence comprising an RF pulse sequence and execute the scan sequence. During execution of the scan sequence, the computer is programmed to operate the waveguide in a hybrid mode to transmit an RF pulse of the RF pulse scan sequence as a travelling wave at a frequency lower than a cutoff frequency of a principal mode of the waveguide absent a dielectric core and to acquire MR signals from an imaging subject positioned within the waveguide bore.04-04-2013
20130082712MEDICAL IMAGING APPARATUS - A medical imaging apparatus includes a first imaging modality which is formed by a magnetic resonance apparatus and which comprises a cylindrical gradient coil unit, and a further imaging modality which comprises a detector unit. The detector unit of the further imaging modality is supported in a radial direction within an area surrounded by the gradient coil unit and an annular gap is disposed between the detector unit of the further imaging modality and the gradient coil unit. The further imaging modality includes a pressure unit which is disposed in the annular gap between the detector unit of the further imaging modality and the gradient coil unit.04-04-2013
20130043871METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN AMPLIFIER OF A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE - An magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device includes at least one amplifier, a control module which controls an operating module of the at least one amplifier, a back-up control module, a determination unit for determining whether the control module is operating normally, and a switching module for performing a switching operation to switch operations of the control module to the at least one back-up control module in the event of abnormal operation of the control module.02-21-2013
20130038330Systems, Devices, Methods, and Compositions Including Ferromagnetic Structures - Magnetic resonance systems, devices, methods, and compositions are provided. A nuclear magnetic resonance imaging composition includes, but is not limited to, a plurality of ferromagnetic microstructures configured to generate a time-invariant magnetic field within at least a portion of one or more internal surface-defined voids. In an embodiment, at least one of the plurality of ferromagnetic microstructures includes one or more targeting moieties attached thereof.02-14-2013
20090167307FERROMAGNETIC DETECTION ENHANCER - An apparatus for increasing the ability to detect ferromagnetic objects by increasing the magnetization of the objects. The apparatus includes at least one coil to generate a magnetic field positioned in the area of the object to be detected. The apparatus includes an electrical energy storage capacitor bank capable of quickly releasing stored energy. The apparatus includes a high speed, high current electronic switch capable of quickly transferring the stored energy from the capacitor bank to the coil thereby producing in the coil a short duration, single polarity magnetic field pulse. The apparatus includes a sample and hold circuit capable of acquiring magnetic field sensor data during periods when the pulsed magnetic field is not present. The apparatus includes a microprocessor controller to control timing and sequence of the magnetic pulse generation and the sensor data sample and hold process. The apparatus may be for portal handheld or head mounted applications.07-02-2009
20130038331COIL CAPABLE OF GENERATING AN INTENSE MAGNETIC FIELD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAID COIL - The invention relates to a method for manufacturing a coil for generating an intense magnetic field when an electric current passes through it, comprising the formation of turns in a cylindrical tube made of conducting or superconducting material, the formation of at least one indentation in an edge of at least one turn of said coil and the positioning of insulating material between the turn comprising the indentation and an adjacent turn, said recess being made in the edge to form with the insulating material a channel between the interior and the exterior of the tube when the coil is stressed.02-14-2013
20130207657POLE PIECE - There are disclosed pole piece designs. In embodiments a pole piece comprises a rear face, the rear face comprising at least one channel. In embodiments the pole piece comprises at least one hole for accepting a cooperating shimming rod. There are also disclosed magnet arrays and magnetic resonance apparatuses comprising the pole pieces as well as uses of the pole pieces with magnet arrays according to embodiments.08-15-2013
20120182015DRUM-TYPE STANDING WAVE TRAP - A standing wave trap for a magnetic resonance tomography system includes a local coil connecting lead and at least one flexible printed circuit board in the local coil connecting lead. The local coil connecting lead is wound.07-19-2012
20130049755HELICAL GRADIENT COIL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - A gradient coil is provided. The gradient coil comprises: a first layer comprised of a first plurality of turns of wires; and a second layer of coil comprised of a second plurality of turns of wires. Each turn of wire in the first and second plurality of turns of wires circles along the side walls of a cylindrical substrate and each turn of wire in the first and second plurality of turns of wires include a first portion wound along the inner side wall of the substrate and a second portion wound along the outer side wall of the substrate.02-28-2013
20130049754ITERATIVE RECONSTRUCTION METHOD WITH PENALTY TERMS FROM EXAMINATION OBJECTS - A method is disclosed for calculating an MR image of a target layer from an examination object, wherein the MR image is calculated using iterative reconstruction. In at least one embodiment, the method includes: acquiring MR data from an initial layer of the examination object, determining information produced by the examination object from the acquired MR data of the initial layer, determining a penalty term from the information produced by the examination object, and performing the iterative reconstruction of the MR image for the target layer taking into account the determined penalty term.02-28-2013
20130049756METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR INTRA-SCAN MOTION CORRECTION - Systems, methods, and devices for intra-scan motion correction to compensate not only from one line or acquisition step to the next, but also within each acquisition step or line in k-space. The systems, methods, and devices for intra-scan motion correction can comprise updating geometry parameters, phase, read, and/or other encoding gradients, applying a correction gradient block, and/or correcting residual errors in orientation, pose, and/or gradient/phase.02-28-2013
20130088233Shield for Electronic Circuit - A metal structure includes a plurality of non-contiguous subsections on a substrate. The subsections are at least partially capacitively connected to one another. This is achieved by the subsections having overlaps on both sides of the substrate and/or by the subsections being connected to one another by capacitors. The capacitive coupling produced constitutes a short circuit for high frequencies and an open circuit for low frequencies. This results in the frequency-selective surface.04-11-2013
20130088234GRADIENT COIL POWER SUPPLY AND A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM - A gradient coil power supply (04-11-2013
20130069652RF COIL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE - There is a provided a technology of receiving a magnetic resonance signal highly sensitively and with a uniform sensitivity distribution in an RF coil of an MRI device which is an RF coil including a switch circuit of switching a circuit configuration. The RF coil of the MRI device of the present invention includes a switch circuit of switching a circuit configuration. Also, the switch circuit switches the circuit configuration by being driven by a control signal received by wireless. For that purpose, the switch circuit includes an antenna of receiving the control signal and a conversion circuit of converting an alternating current voltage received into a direct current voltage.03-21-2013
20130069653DEVICE FOR POWER MEASUREMENT AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE - A device for power measurement for the purposes of plausibility checking and/or calibration of a primary power measurement device on a power amplifier of a magnetic resonance device is provided. The device includes a circulator arranged between an output of the power amplifier and a switching device for connection of the power amplifier to a transmit antenna. A first input of the circulator is connected to the output of the power amplifier, a second input of the circulator is connected to the switching device, and a third input of the circulator is connected to a secondary power measurement device configured for measurement of a signal reflected on the open switching device or the transmit antenna.03-21-2013
20090302846RF-switched superconducting resonators and methods of switching thereof - A multimode resonator resonating at two or more frequencies is operated at cryogenic temperatures and composed of a superconducting material or a normal metal with a superconducting section serving as a RF superconducting switch. The multimode resonator is coupled to a NMR spectrometer and a RF switch power source, wherein its one frequency is selected to correspond to the operating frequency of the NMR spectrometer and at least a second frequency is tuned to a frequency of RF switch power source, unrelated to the spectrometer frequency, therefore power at this frequency does not perturb the operation of the spectrometer. When activated, the RF switch power source induces a current sufficient to approach or exceeds the critical current in one or more sections of the superconducting material of the multimode resonator, thereby increasing its resistance and reducing the Q factor of the multimode resonator.12-10-2009
20120217967MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - In a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment, a measuring unit moves a couchtop on which a subject is placed to at least one position of a plurality of positions in an imaging space, adjusts shim coil current value supplied to the shim coil, and measures first shim coil current value when a static magnetic field is uniformized. On the basis of the first shim coil current value and at least one of subject information and an imaging condition, a calculator calculates second shim coil current value position of the plurality of positions and at which the measuring unit has measured no shim coil current value.08-30-2012
20130057285MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE - An object of the present invention is to provide a measuring technique which allows in the MRS measurement to suppress with a high degree of precision, incorporation of a signal of unwanted compounds which hinders measurement of a measurement object signal, independent of an imaging object region and the measurement object signal, thereby obtaining a stable and favorable signal spectrum. In the MRS measuring sequence, a spectrum selective inversion RF pulse, having a narrow band characteristic for selectively inverting only a signal peak of a compounds to be suppressed, and phase dispersion-refocusing GC pulses are applied at least one of before and after a region selective RF pulse. This MRS measuring sequence is repeated while changing the echo time TE at predetermined intervals, and nuclear magnetic resonance signals being obtained by the repetition are integrated. The amount of the spectrum selective inversion RF pulse to be applied may be changed according to the echo time TE.03-07-2013
20130057284LOCAL COIL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPLICATIONS AND A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM - A local coil for magnetic resonance applications includes a receiving antenna operable to receive an analog magnetic resonance signal excited in an examination subject by an excitation signal. The local coil includes an analog-to-digital converter that is supplied with the received analog magnetic resonance signal from the receiving antenna. The analog-to-digital converter converts the analog magnetic resonance signal into a digital magnetic resonance signal. The local coil includes a first transmission system that is supplied with the digital magnetic resonance signal by the analog-to-digital converter and emits the digital magnetic resonance signal via a transmitting antenna at a first data rate into the environment of the local coil. The local coil includes a second transmission system that is different from the first transmission system. The second transmission system emits data into the environment of the local coil at a second data rate that is lower than the first data rate.03-07-2013
20090091326MAGNETIC RESONANCE RF TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD WITH COMMONLY FED LABELING AND EXCITATION ANTENNAS - A radio-frequency transmission device for a magnetic resonance system to generate magnetic resonance exposures of an examination region of an examination subject, has: a first radio-frequency transmission antenna that emits radio-frequency signals in the examination region, a radio-frequency amplifier that supplies the first radio-frequency transmission antenna, with radio-frequency signals with a predetermined radio-frequency transmission power, and a second radio-frequency transmission antenna fashioned to label a medium flowing in the examination region and/or examination regions via emission of labeling radio-frequency signals, such that the medium can be identified in the generated magnetic resonance exposures of the examination region. The second radio-frequency transmission antenna is coupled with the radio-frequency amplifier to supply the first radio-frequency transmission antenna, such that it likewise supplies the second radio-frequency transmission antenna with radio-frequency signals with a predetermined radio-frequency transmission power for the emission of radio-frequency labeling signals.04-09-2009
20090237081ARRANGEMENT TO DETUNE A RECEPTION ANTENNA IN A LOCAL COIL - An arrangement to detune a reception antenna in a local coil of a magnetic resonance system, with at least one reception antenna that is fashioned as a loop antenna and that has at least one first capacitance. Radio-frequency signals of a magnetic resonance examination are received via the reception antenna. A switchable detuning circuit contains the first capacitance connected to an oscillating circuit and a first inductance. A reception device to receive a control signal is coupled with the oscillating circuit. The reception device switches the oscillating circuit into a high-resistance state given a received control signal so that a receipt of a radio-frequency signal via the reception antenna is prevented. The reception device is fashioned to receive a wirelessly transmitted radio-frequency control signal. The radio-frequency control signal has a frequency that lies outside of the bandwidth of the radio-frequency signal used for magnetic resonance examination.09-24-2009
20120235685GRADIENT COIL, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING COIL PATTERN - A method for designing a coil pattern, whereby the production of an error magnetic field and further an eddy current can be suppressed to improve the quality of a cross-sectional image irrespective of cylindrical cross-sectional shape of the main coil and the shield coil. The difference between the initial values of the target magnetic field and the magnetic field vector is set as a difference target magnetic field. An approximate value of the current potential vector that produces the difference target magnetic field is represented by a polynomial of an eigenvector group of the current potential. The coefficient of each of the terms of the polynomial is determined on the basis of the singular value and the eigenvector group of the magnetic field distribution.09-20-2012
20120112751METHOD AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM FOR COMBINING SIGNALS ACQUIRED FROM DIFFERENT ACQUISITION COILS - In a method and magnetic resonance (MR) apparatus for combining MR signals that were acquired with different acquisition coils from a region of an examination subject at least two MR signals that are based on MR signals acquired with at least two different acquisition coils are provided to a processor. Due to the spatially differing arrangement of the respective acquisition coils, the at least two MR signals image the region of the examination subject with different sensitivity profiles. The provided MR signals are combined, such that unwanted MR signal portions are suppressed, to form a combined MR signal with the suppression of unwanted MR signal portions being implemented by MR signal portions that were acquired with an acquisition coil that detects the unwanted MR signal portions with increased sensitivity in comparison to other acquisition coils being weighted less in the combined MR signal than other MR signal portions.05-10-2012
20120112750APPARATUS WITH LOCAL COIL ARRANGEMENT AND IMPLANTABLE DEVICE - The present embodiments relate to an apparatus that includes a local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography system and an implantable device.05-10-2012
20120176136SHIMMING DEVICE FOR SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNET - This shimming device sequentially records a history of conducted shim setting, momentarily dynamically calculates compensation values corresponding to the record by the aid of a characteristic function, and dynamically controls the shim coil by the aid of the compensation values thus obtained, to thereby compensate the magnetic field fluctuation of the superconducting magnet which is attributable to the setting of the shim, and stabilizes the magnetic field, in an NMR superconducting magnet. This device includes shim setting recording means (07-12-2012
20100182009COIL DECOUPLING - A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) phased array head coil (07-22-2010
20120032680LOW MAGNETIC FIELD RESONANCE SYSTEM - The invention provides a low-field nuclear magnetic resonance system for measuring a magnetic resonance signal of an object. The low-field nuclear magnetic resonance system includes a pre-magnetization module, a uniform magnetic field coil module, a pulse and receiving coil module, a filter amplifier module, a signal acquisition module and a processing module. The pre-magnetization module is used to establish a pre-magnetization field in the object to increase magnetization of the object. The uniform magnetic field coil module is used to change a resonance frequency and background magnetic field intensity of the object during nuclear magnetic resonance measurement by regulating a magnetic field of the coil. The processing module further includes a programming object for controlling timing processing and signal analysis of the measurement process.02-09-2012
20120032679GRADIENT COIL ARRANGEMENT - A gradient coil arrangement for use in a magnetic imaging system, the imaging system being for generating a magnetic imaging field in an imaging region provided in a bore. The coil arrangement includes a first portion having a substantially cylindrical shape for positioning in the bore, a second portion extending outwardly from an end of the first portion, the second portion being for positioning outside the bore and at least one coil for generating a gradient magnetic field in the imaging region, the at least one coil having a first part provided on the first portion and a second part provided on the second portion.02-09-2012
20110291657MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING COMPATIBLE SWITCHED MODE POWER SUPPLY - A switched mode power supply (SMPS) employs only energy storage components that are devoid of ferromagnetic materials. The SMPS operates only at switching frequencies such that any potential electromagnetic interference of interest is generated at frequencies appearing only outside the imaging bandwidth of a corresponding magnetic resonance imaging system powered by the SMPS.12-01-2011
20120098542DETUNABLE RF RECEPTION ANTENNA DEVICE - The invention relates to a RF reception antenna device (04-26-2012
20100090699POWER SUPPLY FOR RF COILS - A radio-frequency (RF) coil array for receiving magnetic resonance (MR) signals wherein the RF coil array (04-15-2010
20110215807Quadrature Endorectal Coils and Interface Devices Therefor - An intracavity probe for use with an MR system allows images and spectra of internal anatomical structures to be obtained. The intracavity probe houses within its balloon-type enclosure a single-element quadrature coil sensitive to both the vertical and horizontal components of the MR signal. The quadrature coil by means of its output line is designed to plug into a dedicated interface device with which to interface the quadrature coil with the MR system. Drive capacitors within the coil in conjunction with the electrical length of the output line and phase shifting networks within the interface device enable complete decoupling of the quadrature coil from the transmit fields generated by the MR system. Preamplifier, power splitting and combining networks within the interface device process voltage signals representative of the horizontal and vertical components of the MR signal and enable them to be conveyed to the input port(s) of the MR system.09-08-2011
20090189610MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING LOCAL COIL COMPOSED OF SEPARATE PARTS - A separate type coil for a magnetic resonance imaging system has a first partial coil in a first partial casing and a second partial coil in a second partial casing, the first and second partial coils being connected to a connector for connection to the imaging system via a first cable and a second cable, respectively. The coil also has a coupler having a first part and a second part that are coupled to each other. The first part of the coupler is disposed in the first partial casing and is connected to the first partial coil, the second part of the coupler is disposed in the second partial casing The first cable is disposed in the second partial casing, and the second part of the coupler is connected to the connector for connection to the imaging system via the first cable. This separate type coil couples and connects the signals in the first partial coil to the cable and the connector via the coupler, so as to ensure the reliability of the electrical connections.07-30-2009
20090189609APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT - A cylindrical antenna arrangement in a magnetic resonance apparatus has two feed points to feed in two partial signals, the two feed points being arranged on a cross-section of the antenna arrangement. The cross-section has a center point. A first angle is formed by the connection of a first feed point with the center point relative to a horizontal axis of the cross-section while a second angle is formed by the connection of a second feed point with the center point relative to the horizontal axis of the cross-section. An apparatus for controlling such an antenna arrangement has a device for signal splitting with two outputs and an input. A radio-frequency magnetic resonance signal is connected at the input. This signal is divided by the device for signal splitting into two partial signals of equal amplitude that are respectively supplied to an associated output. Each output of the device for signal splitting is connected with precisely one associated feed point of the antenna arrangement. An ellipse position in space is set for an elliptical polarization via the selection of the two angles. A device for phase adjustment is interposed between precisely one output of the device for signal splitting and the associated feed point in order to set an elliptical semi-axis ratio via variation of the phase difference of the two partial signals.07-30-2009
20120187949MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS - A magnetic resonance apparatus includes a receiving system with at least one receiver configured to process at least one receive signal of a receive channel. The magnetic resonance apparatus further includes at least one switching device configured to variably assign a first number of receive channels to a first number of inputs of the at least one receiver. The switching device has a crossbar switch and a pre-selection circuit connected upstream of the crossbar switch. Each receive channel of a first group of receive channels is directly connected to an input of a first group of inputs that is permanently assigned to the respective receive channel.07-26-2012
20120187950PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD WITH INTEGRATED SHIELDING - A printed circuit board (PCB) is flat, providing a top side and a bottom side. A plurality of terminations is disposed on the top side in proximity to one end face of the PCB. Each termination has at least one contact that is connected to a respective conductor track of the PCB. The respective conductor track is connected to a respective local coil or to a contact disposed on the top side or the bottom side of a respective further termination. The local coil and/or at least one of the further terminations are disposed in proximity to the other end face. A basic shield impervious to frequencies in a magnetic resonance range is disposed on the top side and/or the bottom side, and an auxiliary shield electrically connected to the basic shield and impervious to frequencies in the magnetic resonance range is disposed on narrow sides of the PCB.07-26-2012
20090309598APPARATUS FOR SUPPLYING STABLE, ISOLATED DC POWER AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A power supply having an input, wherein the power supply includes a multi-winding transformer having an input and a plurality of outputs, and a plurality of rectifiers to provide a plurality of DC output voltages, wherein each rectifier is coupled to an output of the multi-winding transformer. The power supply further includes a regulator circuit coupled between the transformer input and one of the transformer outputs, and configured to regulate an input voltage to the multi-winding transformer to minimize a variance of each rectifier DC output voltage.12-17-2009
20090206840MAGNETIC RESONANCE RECEIVE COIL ARRAY INTEGRATED INTO WALL OF SCANNER BORE - In a magnetic resonance scanner, a radio frequency transmit coil (08-20-2009
20120293176VARIABLE ROTATABLE MR COIL - A local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography system includes a plurality of coil elements. Each coil element of the plurality of coil elements has a point of application for another coil element of the plurality of coil elements. The coil element is connected to the other coil element at the point of application in a pivoting manner with respect to the coil element.11-22-2012
20110267062BALUN AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - The present invention provides a technique for maintaining a function for effectively blocking common mode noise with a simple configuration, even in the case where unbalance occurs in characteristic impedance of a coaxial cable in an MRI apparatus, and improving the performance of an RF coil. In a circuit where a balun is established by parallel connection with the coaxial cable, multiple serial resonance circuits having different resonance frequencies are connected in parallel. A value of each constitutional element of each of the serial resonance circuits is adjusted in such a manner that the frequency for blocking the common mode noise of the entire balun falls into a range between the resonance frequencies of these serial resonance circuits.11-03-2011
20110267061QUARTER WAVE BALUN FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEMS - A balun assembly includes a body portion having an opening extending therethrough, the opening sized to receive at least one radio-frequency (RF) cable therethrough, the RF cable transmitting a signal therethrough a signal having a wavelength, and a balun disposed within the body portion, the balun being folded to form a plurality of layers, the combined length of the layers being approximately equal to a quarter wavelength of the signal transmitted through the RF cable. A method of fabricating a balun assembly and an MRI system including a balun are also provided.11-03-2011
20080238425SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING IMPROVED RF PULSE PROFILES - A system and method are provided for designing RF pulses which have improved magnetization profiles. By utilizing an optimal control approach as an alternative to, or in combination with, non-iterative approximations, RF pulses generated by the system and method described herein will exhibit less deviation from that of “ideal” Bloch solutions. Consequently, the magnetization profiles produced by the RF pulses generated by the system and method described herein will be closer to the desired profiles. In addition, limitations of non-iterative approximations, such as maximum tip angle limits and linearity constraints, can be avoided.10-02-2008
20080284439SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AMPLITUDE REDUCTION IN RF PULSE DESIGN - A system and method are provided for adjusting RF pulses and gradient waveforms to reduce B11-20-2008
20080272788Microcoil NMR Detectors - The present invention provides resonance circuits, detection devices incorporating such circuits, and methods for their design, construction, and use.11-06-2008
20080258730NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) PROBE - There is provided a nuclear magnetic resonance probe in which the loss caused by a high frequency cable between a probe coil and a preamplifier is reduced and the sensitivity of an NMR signal is improved. A changeover switch for NMR probe is divided into a switch part including switch elements and a filter part for filtering a switch control signal and an RF transmission signal. The switch part is disposed in a probe body inserted in a magnet of the probe. The filter part is disposed near a measurement apparatus located outside the probe. As for the switch part, a section structure of thickness and width is reduced in conformity with a narrow and slender shape of the probe body. The length of a high frequency cable between the probe coil and the preamplifier is shortened remarkably, and consequently the loss can be reduced.10-23-2008
20080278168Transmission Line for Use in Rf Fields - An electrically conductive link (connection lead) or transmission line (11-13-2008
20080272787SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-CHANNEL MR TRANSMISSION - A system and method for transmitting multiple radio frequency (RF) channels via an RF coil assembly are provided. An RF coil assembly having a number of coil elements may be configured to transmit a number of RF channels which is less than the number of coil elements thereof. Some implementations may use signal splitters for some or all of the RF channels to produce driving inputs for each coil element. By using more coil elements than RF channels, various embodiments may exhibit increased power efficiency and improved B1 uniformity.11-06-2008
20120105064RADIO FREQUENCY COIL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM - In one embodiment a radio frequency receiver for a magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The radio frequency receiver comprises a RF coil for receiving one or more radio frequency signals transmitted through an object to be imaged so as to enable a reconstruction processor to generate an image representation of the object based on the received radio frequency signals, a local oscillator configured for generating a stimulus, the stimulus comprising a range of radio frequency signals having different frequencies and a flux probe coupled to the local oscillator, the flux probe configured for applying the stimulus to the RF coil. Further, the RF coil is configured for returning a reflected signal in response to the stimulus applied and comprises at least one digitally tunable capacitor.05-03-2012
20120105063SUPERCONDUCTIVE MAGNETIC COIL COMPRISING REGIONS HAVING DIFFERING HEAT TRANSFER - A superconductive magnetic coil is located in a cryostat for cooling purposes which is filled only up to a certain fill level with liquid helium. A helium gas phase having a temperature stratification, in which, for example, temperatures are present that can lead to a collapse of the superconductivity, forms over said helium accumulation. The magnetic coil is therefore subdivided into at least two partial regions having differing heat transfer between the coil and the surrounding medium. In a first partial region of the coil, in the surroundings of which a sufficiently low temperature for cooling is present, the heat transfer is high, while the magnetic coil in a second partial region, in the surroundings of which the temperature of the cooling medium is above a critical value, exhibits heat insulation. Consequently, no heat is exchanged between the coil and the surroundings in the second partial region, while cooling of the coil takes place in the first partial region.05-03-2012
20130119987Spatially Coincident MRI Receiver Coils and Method For Manufacturing - A magnetic resonance imaging receiver coil provides for high SNR and high uniformity over a range of loading conditions with layers, or stacks, of independent conductive elements. The plurality of layers preload the receiver coil reducing the circuit variation as the subject coupling and loading varies. The preload is such that coil performance, or SNR, is maintained over a large range of impedance variation. This configuration is designed to exceed the performance of single trace coils over a range of impedance consistent with variations associated with different subjects, and may also incorporate coils of different resonance frequencies.05-16-2013
20130119988Local Coil - A local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography device includes a plurality of antenna elements. Each antenna element of the plurality of antenna elements has two conductor tracks. The conductor tracks are disposed on opposite sides of an insulator and are connected electrically conductively to one another by plated through-holes through the insulator. In areas, in which conductor tracks of at least two antenna elements of the plurality of antenna elements cross, at least one antenna element of the at least two antenna elements only has a conductor track on one side of the insulator.05-16-2013
20130119990SYSTEM FOR ORDERING FREQUENCY DOMAIN COMPONENTS REPRESENTING MR IMAGE DATA - A system orders acquisition of frequency domain components representing MR image data for storage in a storage array (e.g., k-space). A storage array of individual data elements stores corresponding individual frequency components comprising an MR dataset. The array of individual data elements has a designated center and individual data elements individually have a radius to the designated center. A magnetic field generator generates a magnetic field for use in acquiring multiple individual frequency components corresponding to individual data elements in the storage array. The individual frequency components are successively acquired in an order in which radius of respective corresponding individual data elements increases and decreases as the multiple individual frequency components are sequentially acquired during acquisition of an MR dataset representing an MR image. A storage processor stores individual frequency components acquired using the magnetic field in corresponding individual data elements in the array.05-16-2013
20130119991HIGH-FREQUENCY COIL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE EMPLOYING SAME - A technique is provided to reserve large examination space in the tunnel type MRI apparatus, without increasing production cost nor reducing significantly irradiation efficiency and homogeneity in an irradiation distribution within an imaging region. The present invention provides an RF coil unit in which four partial cylindrical coils are placed with a gap therebetween in the circumferential direction inside a cylindrical RF shield, in such a manner that two pairs of the partial cylindrical coils are opposed to each other, and magnetic fields produced by the individual partial cylindrical coils are combined, thereby producing a circularly polarized wave field or an elliptically polarized wave field. The partial cylindrical coil is provided with a partial cylindrical conductor, multiple first conductors substantially parallel with the central axis of the RF shield, multiple capacitors connecting both ends of the first conductors with the partial cylindrical conductor, and a second conductor adjacent to at least one of the ends of the first conductor. The partial cylindrical coils are respectively provided with high frequency signals having a desired amplitude ratio and phase difference, while a reference frequency thereof being identical.05-16-2013
20130214785MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE - Images of two or more kinds of substances showing different chemical shifts, such as water image and metabolite image, are obtained without extending measurement time. For example, images of two or more kinds of desired substances showing different chemical shifts, such as water image and metabolite image, are obtained by one time of execution of an imaging sequence. In this execution, a pre-pulse is applied so that signals of the substances to be separated shift on the image, and magnetic resonance signals are received with receiver RF coils in a number not smaller than the number of types of the substances to be separated. An image reconstructed from the magnetic resonance signals is separated into images of the individual substances using sensitivity maps of the receiver RF coils. Then, correction is performed for returning the shifted image to the original position. Further, residual signals induced by errors generated in the measurement and the separation processing are eliminated by using spectroscopic images obtained after the separation.08-22-2013
20100141260RF Coils for Magnetic Resonance Tomography - A transmitting or receiving coil assembly for magnetic resonance tomographs comprising at least one flexible printed circuit board having inductors and at least one bar attached thereto for stiffening the flexible printed circuit board along one axis. The bar optionally has conductors for connecting electronic components on the printed circuit board with each other or with outside components of the magnetic resonance tomograph.06-10-2010
20120286786Phased Array MR RF Coil Which is Not Visible in X-Ray Image - An phased array RF coil used for MR imaging is designed so that it remains in place in the field of view of an X-Ray imaging system and comprises a support board on which copper or aluminum conductive traces are carried. The attenuation of the X-Rays caused by the traces is visible in the radiation image but this is compensated by arranging the non-conductive material of the support board such that the attenuation is substantially constant. The phased array includes individual coil loops which are overlapped with the traces being of half thickness at crossing locations of the traces and with one of the loops on one side and the other loop on the second side of the substrate sheet.11-15-2012
20100259264DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING APPARATUS, AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - A data processing system configured to process acquired image data (e.g., as part of a diagnostic imaging apparatus) uses a signal-power estimating unit for estimating signal power by using reference data containing data different from processing-target data and a data processing unit for processing the processing-target data by using a WF (wiener_filter) based on the signal power estimated by the signal-power estimating unit.10-14-2010
20120286788RF TRANSMIT AND/OR RECEIVE ANTENNA FOR A HYBRID MRI/HIFU SYSTEM - An RF/MR transmit and/or receive antenna is disclosed for use in a hybrid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system (or MR scanner), which comprises an MRI system and another imaging system for example in the form of a high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system. The RF transmit and/or receive antenna (11-15-2012
20090096455ARRANGEMENT TO TRANSMIT MAGNETIC RESONANCE SIGNALS - An arrangement to transmit magnetic resonance signals has at least two reception branches. Each reception branch contains a single antenna of a local coil as well as an amplifier connected with the single antenna, such that an amplified magnetic resonance signal is formed from a magnetic resonance signal that is acquired via the single antenna. In a multiplexer, each input is connected with a respective reception branch, such that the amplified magnetic resonance signals of the reception branch are combined by the multiplexer into a resulting signal using a time multiplexing method. A transmission path is connected on one side with an output of the multiplexer and on the other side with a receiver, such that the resulting signal is transmitted from the multiplexer to the receiver via the transmission path.04-16-2009
20090096456ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSMISSION OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE SIGNALS - An arrangement to transmit magnetic resonance signals has a local coil composed of a number of individual antennas for acquisition of radio-frequency signals of a magnetic resonance examination. Preamplifiers amplify the radio-frequency signals, and a transmission device transmits the radio-frequency signals from the local coil to the preamplifiers. The transmission device is fashioned as a readout coil and has a number of individual antennas. The individual antennas of the readout coil are magnetically coupled with the individual antennas of the local coil, with the individual antennas of the local coil and the individual antennas of the readout coil forming a linear MIMO transmission system describable by a transmission matrix.04-16-2009
20090230966METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CONNECTING RECEIVE COILS IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SCANNERS - A coils array (09-17-2009
20090201022CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT - An apparatus to control an antenna arrangement in a magnetic resonance apparatus has an amplifier with an input connected to a radio-frequency transmission signal to be amplified. The antenna arrangement has at least one antenna element for emission of the amplified transmission signal. The antenna element has an infeed point with two terminals, wherein the amplified transmission signal is connected at the terminals. The amplifier is connected on the output side with two terminals of the infeed point. The antenna element has at the infeed point, a mounting surface to accommodate the amplifier.08-13-2009
20090102484BANDWIDTH EXPANSION IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE - A magnetic resonance imaging system includes a primary magnet and a secondary magnet operable to produce magnetic fields within a sample being imaged. The MRI system further includes at least one RF coil that is operable to receive electromagnetic frequencies from the sample. The RF coil is formed from tubing that serves as a cooling conduit through which flows a cooling fluid provided by a cooling source. The cooling fluid cools the RF coils to improve imaging of the sample.04-23-2009
20090243612 VOLUME COIL FOR MRI SYSTEM - A volume coil for a magnetic resonance imaging system is composed of a number of coil units. In the coil, there are overlapped parts between two adjacent ones of the coil units for eliminating coupling between these two adjacent coil units. Two next-adjacent ones of the coil units, which are separated from each other by one coil unit, are each provided with an inductor, and these two inductors are coupled with each other for eliminating coupling between these two next-adjacent coil units. All coil units are collected on one axial end face of the coil. Two coil units in the coil that are neither adjacent coil units nor next-adjacent coil units are connected with each other on the end face by a capacitance circuit or a inductance circuit for eliminating the coupling between these two coil units that are neither adjacent coil units nor next-adjacent coil units. The coupling among the various coil units is relatively thoroughly eliminated, and the signal-to-noise ratio of the signal received by the coil is increased.10-01-2009
20090256574TRANSMISSION PATH FOR USE IN RF FIELDS PROVIDING REDUCED RF HEATING - A transmission path (10-15-2009
20090128154ULTRA LOW OUTPUT IMPEDANCE RF POWER AMPLIFIER FOR PARALLEL EXCITATION - An ultra low output impedance RF power amplifier for driving a multiple transmit coil Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system is described, comprising an output matching network with high power MOSFET operatively coupled to at least one transmit coil in the MRI system for a desired output power and impedance. This invention also describes a method for achieving decoupling using the RF power amplifier to drive at least one transmit coil.05-21-2009
20090128153METHOD AND CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT FOR OPERATING MULTI-CHANNEL TRANSMIT/RECEIVE ANTENNA DEVICES - Methods and circuit arrangements for operating a multi-channel transmit/receive antenna device or arrangement, especially for use in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, are disclosed by which RF amplifiers can be used to their full peak power capability without running the risk that the RF amplifier is damaged due to excessive reflected power at its output. Furthermore by evaluating certain forward and reflected power signals patient safety is achieved with respect to monitoring the limits of the specific absorption rate.05-21-2009
20100182010CIRCUIT BOARD AND METHOD FOR ATTACHING AN ELECTRONIC MODULE TO A BODY COIL OF A MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPARATUS - Efficient mounting of a module to a whole-body coil of a magnetic resonance apparatus is enabled by a circuit board with conductive contact regions located at least in the area of an edge of the circuit board, with which contact regions contacts of an electronic module for a magnetic resonance apparatus are connected in a conductive manner. The contact regions of the circuit board are configured for electrical contact with the whole-body coil.07-22-2010
20090079432TRANSCEIVE SURFACE COIL ARRAY FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING AND SPECTROSCOPY - A surface coil array comprises a surface coil support and an arrangement of non-overlapping magnetically decoupled surface coils mounted on the support. The surface coils encompass a volume into which a target to be imaged is placed. Magnetic decoupling circuits act between adjacent surface coils. Impedance matching circuitry couples the surface coils to conventional transmit and receive components.03-26-2009
20110109316MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS, PHASE COMPARATOR, CONTROL UNIT AND COIL UNIT - According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes a control unit and a coil unit. The control unit generates a first clock signal, generates a data signal to indicate an operating condition, modulates the first clock signal by the data signal to obtain a modulated signal, generates a clock transmission signal including the modulated signal, and emits the clock transmission signal. The coil unit converts the clock transmission signal into an electric signal, detects the modulated signal from the clock transmission signal, generates a second clock signal synchronous with the first clock signal from the modulated signal, detects an MR signal generated in a subject, digitizes, synchronously with the second clock signal, the MR signal, detects the data signal from the detected modulated signal by using of the second clock signal, controls the operating condition of the coil unit to be the operating condition indicated by the data signal.05-12-2011
20100237869Controlling Multi-Channel Transmitter Effects on Specific Absorption Rate - Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with controlling the specific absorption rate (SAR) in a patient associated with a conductor are described. The conductor may be, for example, a wire associated with a pacemaker, a wire associated with a neurostimulator, an orthopaedic device, and so on. One example method includes calibrating a multi-channel transmitter associated with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus imaging the patient. The example method also includes controlling the MRI apparatus to transmit radio frequency (RF) energy to image the patient in a manner where the RF energy will only influence the SAR near the conductor in the patient less than a desired threshold amount.09-23-2010
20100253354UPCONVERTER - An upconverter has a low noise amplifier, a two port mixer and an antenna. The two port mixer comprises a first port to receive from the low noise amplifier an amplified input signal to be upconverted and a second port to receive a local oscillator signal and to output the amplified, upconverted signal at upper and lower sideband frequencies. The low noise amplifier is coupled to the first port; and the antenna is coupled to the second port.10-07-2010
20080303524Device consisting of a combination of a magnetic resonance tomograph and a positron emission tomograph - At least one embodiment is directed to a combination of an MR tomograph and a positron emission tomograph having avalanche photodiodes as reception elements. In at least one embodiment, the intention is to ensure that the avalanche photodiodes are kept at a constant temperature despite the exposure to heat from the MR components. It is proposed, in at least one embodiment, that cooling by Peltier elements 12-11-2008
20080231282On-coil switched mode amplifier for parallel transmission in MRI - Example systems, apparatus, circuits, and so on described herein concern parallel transmission in MRI. One example apparatus includes at least two field effect transistors (FETs) that are connected by a coil that includes an LC (inductance-capacitance) leg. The apparatus includes a controller that inputs a digital signal to the FETs to control the production of an output analog radio frequency (RF) signal. The LC leg is to selectively alter the output analog RF signal and the analog RF signal is used in parallel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) transmission.09-25-2008
20110043210MRI-Safe Implant Electronics - A power supply arrangement for an implantable electronic system is described. An MRI power supply arrangement cooperates with an implantable power supply circuit to provide a high output impedance for implanted circuitry during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).02-24-2011
20110018541ISO-PLANE BACKBONE FOR RADIATION DETECTORS - An imaging system comprises: a magnetic resonance scanner (01-27-2011
20090051363CIRCULATOR AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE - A circulator has a ferrite, and the circulator is arranged in the vicinity of a device that produces a static magnetic field in the environment surrounding the device, this static magnetic field giving the circulator a non-reciprocal behavior, with respect to circulation of energy among the gates of the circulator, as a result of interaction of the ferrite with the static magnetic field. A magnetic resonance apparatus embodies such a circulator, and the basic field magnet of this magnetic resonance apparatus generates the static magnetic field.02-26-2009
20100148779TRANSVERSE GRADIENT COIL FOR MRI SYSTEMS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A transverse gradient coil for an MRI system is provided. The transverse gradient coil comprises a first coil layer; and an insulation layer made of thermoplastic insulation resin which has a thermal conductivity greater than 1.5 W/m·K, the insulation layer having one side bonded to the first coil layer. A method for manufacturing the transverse gradient coil by injection molding or compression molding is also provided.06-17-2010
20110241685SWITCHED MODE PRE-AMPLIFICATION AND AM FEEDBACK FOR ON-COIL SWITCHED MODE AMPLIFIERS IN PARALLEL TRANSMISSION MRI - Example systems, apparatus, circuits, and so on described herein concern parallel transmission in MRI with on-coil current-mode (CMCD) amplifiers. One example apparatus includes switched voltage-mode class D (VMCD) pre-amplifiers. Another example apparatus includes amplitude modulation of the output of the CMCD amplifiers using feedback control based, at least in part, on a comparison of an envelope of transmit coil current to an envelope of an input RF pulse.10-06-2011
20090219026MULTI-CHANNEL BIRDCAGE BODY COIL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING - A birdcage multi-channel body coil has a number of coil units that form a cylindrical shape, and they are connected in succession in the circumferential direction along the side face of the cylinder. The coil units are provided with capacitors with selected capacitance values that eliminate coupling between the coil units. This multi-channel body coil simply and conveniently eliminates the coupling between the coil units.09-03-2009
20090219025COIL AND MRI SYSTEM - A coil includes a coil element to receive MR signals with a first frequency from a subject. The coil element includes a main current path section in which an MR current arising due to electromagnetic induction of the MR signals with said first frequency flows, and a current blocking section that makes smaller than said MR current an electromagnetic current flowing in said main current path section due to electromagnetic induction of electromagnetic waves with a second frequency different from said first frequency.09-03-2009
20120242338Doubly tuned RF resonator - An RF resonator has a birdcage resonator with two electrically conducting ring elements (09-27-2012
20080272786Integrated Power Supply for Surface Coils - A radio frequency receive coil for receiving a magnetic resonance signal includes a radio frequency antenna. The radio frequency antenna includes one or more electrical conductors (11-06-2008
20080204028MAGNETIC RESONANCE COIL SYSTEM - A magnetic resonance coil system 08-28-2008
20080204027Magnetic Resonance Receive Coil with Dynamic Range Control - A radio frequency receive coil (08-28-2008
20100321020BANDWIDTH EXPANSION IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE - An apparatus for use in a magnetic resonance examination includes a radio frequency receive coil (12-23-2010
20110043209COIL DECOUPLING FOR AN RF COIL ARRAY - An MRI phase RF coil array includes a plurality of separate RF coil elements where each coil element has a pre-amplifier circuit with a conditioning circuit in advance of the transistor including an inductor and capacitors connected across the input of preamplifier. Each of the coil elements has a preamplifier decoupling parallel resonant circuit for generating a tuned high impedance across the ends of the coil so as to inhibit coupling in the coil from signals in adjacent and non-adjacent coils of the array. The decoupling circuit comprises a fixed first capacitor across the ends, a second variable capacitor in one of the leads, a further capacitor in the conditioning circuit, all of which define a capacitance which co-operates with the inductance defined by the inductor of the conditioning circuit of preamplifier to form the parallel resonant circuit to generate the high impedance.02-24-2011
20110163751TRANSCEIVE SURFACE COIL ARRAY FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING AND SPECTROSCOPY - A surface coil array comprises a surface coil support and an arrangement of non-overlapping magnetically decoupled surface coils mounted on the support. The surface coils encompass a volume into which a target to be imaged is placed. Magnetic decoupling circuits act between adjacent surface coils. Impedance matching circuitry couples the surface coils to conventional transmit and receive components.07-07-2011
20100117652BORE TUBE ASSEMBLY - A wireless magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner bore tube assembly has a radio frequency (RF) antenna, a microwave antenna array and an electrical screen. The RF antenna is formed of a series of RF antenna elements, each comprising a rung. The rungs are spaced at intervals of substantially half of the wavelength of the frequency of operation of the microwave antenna array. The microwave antenna array is formed by a series of microwave antenna elements interleaved between the rungs and the screen acts as a reflector to reflect signals from the microwave antenna elements towards the centre of the bore tube.05-13-2010
20110074426Detector module for an emission tomography scanner - An emission tomography detector module and an emission tomography scanner are disclosed. In at least one embodiment, the emission tomography detector modules includes a scintillator to capture an photon, the scintillator emitting a scintillating light on capturing the photon; a first type of solid-state photodetector to detect the scintillating light; and a second type of solid-state photodetector to detect the scintillating light, wherein the first type of solid-state photodetector and the second type of solid-state photodetector are different with respect to a detecting property.03-31-2011
20110074425APPARATUS FOR FEEDING A MAGNETIC RESONANCE COIL ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A method, system, and apparatus including a magnetic resonance (MR) coil system that includes an MR coil element, a high input Pre-amplifier having a high input impedance field-effect-transistor (FET) with an impedance of one of substantially equal to 500 ohms and greater than 500 ohms, and a conductive path. The conductive path has a first end coupled to the MR coil element and a second end coupled to the high input Pre-amplifier such that the MR coil element is coupled in series with the high input Pre-amplifier. Further, the conductive path is free of a matching network intervening between the MR coil element and the high input Pre-amplifier.03-31-2011
20120098541TESSERAL SHIM COIL FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM - A tesseral shim coil for shimming the magnetic field of a magnetic resonance system by generating the spherical harmonics of the sine and cosine type of the magnetic field, the tesseral shim coil comprising at least four saddle coils, wherein the sum of the azimuthal span of the at least four saddle coils is less than 360 degrees. First and second sets of shim coils, respectively generating sine and cosine components of the shim fields are combined into a single coil layer, thereby reducing the radial thickness of the shim coil assembly.04-26-2012
20110187371Transmit-Receive Switching Circuit for NMR Spectrometer and NMR Spectrometer Incorporating Same - A transmit-receive switching circuit is offered which is for use in an NMR spectrometer that employs a solid-state NMR probe using a cooled detection coil. The switching circuit is cryogenically cooled to reduce thermal noise in use. The switching circuit has a first terminal for applying high-power RF pulses sent in from the power amplifier of the NMR spectrometer, a second terminal for sending the RF pulses applied from the first terminal to the NMR detector via crossed-diodes and for receiving and entering a low-power NMR signal detected by the NMR detector, and a third terminal for sending the NMR signal entered from the second terminal toward a preamplifier. Plural stages of shunts are connected to the transmission line connecting the second and third terminals such that one stage of shunt corresponds to a 90° phase shift in the RF radiation.08-04-2011
20100039113DETUNING CIRCUIT AND DETUNING METHOD FOR AN MRI SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a magnetic resonance imaging system and a corresponding method having a transmit phase and a receive phase. Further, the present invention relates to a detuning circuit and a corresponding detuning method for detuning an RF receive coil during the transmit phase in such a magnetic resonance imaging system. In high-field MRI systems the transmit mode operating frequency is higher than normal high breakdown voltage rectifiers can handle when they are used to forward bias a passive detuning circuit PIN diode switch. The proposed circuit uses a current-limiting capacitor (C02-18-2010
20100117650AMPLIFIER - A two port parametric amplifier has a first port that receives an input signal to be amplified and upconverted and a second port that receives a local oscillator signal. The amplified upconverted input signal is emitted as an output at upper and lower sideband frequencies. The amplifier further has a pair of varactor diodes connected between the first port and the second port. The diodes are connected in parallel from the first port and in series from the second port.05-13-2010
20120306499FAILSAFE PROTECTION FROM INDUCED RF CURRENT FOR MRI RF COIL ASSEMBLY HAVING TRANSMIT FUNCTIONALITY - An electrically-controlled failsafe switch is included in an MRI transmit-and-receive RF coil assembly so as to protect it from induced RF currents in the event it is disconnected from an MRI system, but inadvertently left linked to strong MRI RF fields during imaging procedures using other RF coils.12-06-2012
20120306498MULTICHANNEL RF SIGNAL SWITCHING DEVICE AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING MULTICHANNEL RF SIGNAL SWITCHING DEVICE - A multichannel RF switching device of an embodiment has a connector in which all or some of a plurality of terminals a configured to be connected to a plurality of coil elements, a matrix switch having a plurality of input ports arranged in a line and a plurality of output ports arranged in a line, and a wiring portion connecting the respective terminals configured to be connected to the plural coil elements with a plurality of input ports in use included in the plural input ports one-on-one, the input ports in use amounting to fewer than the total number of the input ports, wherein the wiring portion connects the respective terminals with the input ports in use one-on-one in such away that a separation between adjacent two of all or some of the input ports in use is larger than a separation between adjacent two of the input ports.12-06-2012
20120306497RF RECEPTION COIL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS USING SAME - There is provided a technique for improving quality of images obtained with an MRI apparatus by using the geometric structures of the conventional RF transmission coil and RF reception coil and without increasing burden on patients or MRI technicians. A conductor loop of an RF reception coil disposed between a subject and an RF transmission coil is used also as a loop for magnetic field adjustment in order to shield or enhance a rotating magnetic field B12-06-2012
20090189611MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM WITH REDUCED UNINTENTIONAL MECHANICAL MOVEMENTS - A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system (07-30-2009
20120146646NANOPHOTONIC SYSTEM FOR OPTICAL DATA AND POWER TRANSMISSION IN MEDICAL IMAGING SYSTEMS - The present disclosure is directed towards the transmission of data and/or power using nanophotonic elements. For example, in one embodiment, a medical imaging system is provided. The imaging system includes a multiplexed photonic data transfer system having an optical modulator configured to receive an electrical signal representative of a set of data and being operable to modulate a subset of photons defined by time, wavelength, or polarization contained within a beam of light so as to encode the photons with the set of data to produce encoded photons, an optical waveguide interfacing with at least a portion of the optical modulator and configured to transmit the beam of light so as to allow the photons to be modulated by the optical modulator, an optical resonator in communication with the optical waveguide and configured to remove the encoded photons from the beam of light, and a transducer optically connected to the optical resonator and configured to convert the encoded photons into the electrical signal representative of the set of data.06-14-2012
20100213941STRIPLINE ANTENNA AND ANTENNA ARRAY FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE - An antenna (08-26-2010
20080258732MRI APPARATUS AND RF PULSE GENERATING CIRCUIT - An MRI apparatus includes: an RF coil to which analog RF pulse signals are applied; an RF pulse generating circuit which generates said analog RF pulse signals; and a magnetic resonance signal receiving circuit which receives analog magnetic resonance signals and converts these signals into baseband digital magnetic resonance signals, said RF pulse generating circuit comprising: a carrier signal generator which generates a digital carrier signal having a predetermined number of bits; a digital modulator which modulates said digital carrier signal with a digital envelope signal, thus generating digital RF pulse signals; a digital-analog converter which converts said digital RF pulse signals into the analog RF pulse signals; and an inversion unit which generates a digital inverted carrier signal having a two's complement relationship with said digital carrier signal and sends the digital inverted carrier signal to said magnetic resonance signal receiving circuit, said magnetic resonance signal receiving circuit comprising: an analog-digital converter which converts the analog magnetic resonance signals into digital magnetic resonance signals having a predetermined number of bits; and a digital demodulator which demodulates said digital magnetic resonance signals with said digital inverted carrier signal, thus converting these signals into the baseband digital magnetic resonance signals.10-23-2008
20110316540TRANSMIT/RECEIVE SWITCH FOR A MINIATURIZED NMR DEVICE - A single-pole, double-throw, transmit/receive switch for switching a NMR coil between a transmit mode and a receive mode comprises two diode bridge switches on opposites sides of a node the is common with the two diode bridges and the NMR coil. One of the two diode bridges is positioned between the coil and a preamplifier for signals received from the coil, and the other diode bridge is positioned between the coil and a RF signal transmitter for connecting and disconnecting transmitted signals to and from the coil. The NMR coil is connected to the switches through a resonant impedance matching network.12-29-2011
20090167306FOLDED GRADIENT TERMINAL BOARD END CONNECTOR - A folded gradient terminal board end connector includes a multi-layer terminal connection board having a plurality of connection paths and vias configured to provide intercrossing between a plurality of folded gradient coils and further to provide symmetry between the plurality of folded gradient coils without spatial interference between folded portions of the plurality of folded gradient coils to optimize the folded gradient coil efficiency.07-02-2009
20120153956MR COIL WITH MOVABLE ANTENNA ELEMENTS - The present embodiments relate to a local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography system. The local coil includes at least one coil element having an antenna. The at least one coil element is movable relative to a housing of the local coil.06-21-2012
20120153955MRI Short Coils - According to one aspect, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner includes a short birdcage (e.g. millipede) distributed-capacitance radio-frequency (RF) coil formed from one or more patterned planar conductive foils. The transverse extent (e.g. diameter) of the coil is at least a factor of 3, for example about a factor of 10, larger than the longitudinal (z-axis) extent of the coil. Flux-return gaps may be provided between the sample measurement volume defined by the coil and RF shields adjacent to the sample measurement volume, to confine the RF magnetic field to the sample measurement volume. Exemplary coils described herein are particularly suited for very high-frequency MRI measurements.06-21-2012
20120025832Modular MRI phased array antenna - An antenna configuration for use in a magnetic resonance apparatus, which is designed as phase-controlled array and comprises at least two individual antennas which each comprise at least one conductor loop, one tuning network and one matching network, wherein the tuning network contains at least one tuning capacitance and the matching network contains at least one matching capacitance, and the individual antennas are each combined into separate modules which are positioned on and mounted to a support body and can be removed therefrom in a non-destructive fashion, is characterized in that the individual antennas are connected to each other through decoupling elements, wherein the decoupling elements are mounted to the support body in an undetachable fashion. It is thereby possible to define individual antenna modules which can be arranged in a simple fashion around the measuring volume, are also electromagnetically decoupled from each other, and can be positioned close to the measuring volume in order to ensure that the received MRI image has a maximum, high signal-to-noise ratio.02-02-2012
20120025833MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes a bore configured to accommodate a subject therein, an RF coil positioned about the bore, and an RF shield positioned about the RF coil. The RF coil includes a first portion positioned adjacent a lower surface side of the bore and spaced a distance from the RF shield that is larger than a distance between a second portion of the RF coil and an upper surface side of the bore.02-02-2012
20120306496HIGH-FREQUENCY ANTENNA - A high-frequency antenna unit for a magnetic resonance apparatus includes a high-frequency antenna and a shield unit. The shield unit, the high-frequency antenna, or a combination thereof is formed at least partially from a composite material. The composite material includes at least one electrically conducting material and at least one electrically non-conducting material.12-06-2012
20120062233INPUT IMPEDANCE OF LOW NOISE PREAMPLIFIERS USED FOR MRI - A preamplifier (03-15-2012
20120153957RF COIL ASSEMBLY FOR MRI USING DIFFERENTLY SHAPED AND/OR SIZED COILS - A radio frequency coil assembly is provided that includes a first radio frequency coil for receiving a magnetic resonance signal from a tested body; a second radio frequency coil for receiving a magnetic resonance signal from the tested body; and a third radio frequency coil for receiving a magnetic resonance signal from the tested body and having a shape that is different from that of at least one of the first and second radio frequency coils so as to increase local sensitivity in an image-picked-up region.06-21-2012
20110037471MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - In a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment, a transmitting coil applies a radio-frequency magnetic field to a subject placed in a static magnetic field. A receiving coil receives a magnetic resonance signal emitted from the subject owing to an application of the radio-frequency magnetic field. A balun is connected to the receiving coil, and suppresses an unbalanced current induced in the receiving coil. An overheat protection circuit indicates that the balun is abnormal when a temperature of the balun exceeds a temperature threshold. An imaging control unit stops imaging when the overheat protection circuit indicates an abnormality of the balun.02-17-2011
20110089949Parallel Imaging Apparatus and Method - A parallel MRI method and apparatus are provided. In some aspects the individual coils of the imaging array are designed to have optimized shapes and/or sizes to suit an imaging purpose. For example, varying coil sizes depending on an imaging effectiveness into a region or interest, including by combining more than one element of the array to form a virtual or combined element is used to reduce the computational requirements for parallel imaging.04-21-2011
20090128155RF coil and MRI apparatus - An RF coil having at least three different resonance frequencies, wherein one of the resonance frequencies is adjusted to be a frequency f05-21-2009
20120249148MAGNETIC RESONANCE LOCAL COIL - The present embodiments relate to a magnetic resonance local coil with a receive antenna for receiving magnetic resonance signals. The magnetic resonance local coil also includes a transmission unit for transmitting magnetic resonance signal data generated on the basis of the magnetic resonance signals via a data transmit antenna of the magnetic resonance local coil to a signal data receiving unit of a magnetic resonance tomography systems. The transmission unit is provided, at least in sections, with screening with a first metal coating and a first dielectric coating.10-04-2012
20100244840USING S-PARAMETER MEASUREMENTS TO MANAGE SAR AND TRANSMIT GAIN - Systems and methods for controlling a magnetic resonance imaging system are provided. In one embodiment, a magnetic resonance imaging system includes a radio frequency coil with a plurality of conductive coil elements, control circuitry that determines, based at least in part on a measurement of scattering parameters, a plurality of forward voltages that will cause power deposition into an object within a predetermined specific absorption rate, and an amplifier configured to apply the determined plurality of forward voltages respectively to the plurality of coil elements. The control circuitry may determine the plurality of forward voltages based at least in part on an unloaded measurement of scattering parameters and a loaded measurement of scattering parameters.09-30-2010
20120161773MAGNETIC RESONANCE COIL DEVICE - The present embodiments relate to a magnetic resonance coil device for receiving magnetic resonance signals. The magnetic resonance coil device includes a receiving antenna unit, a signal processing unit, a high-frequency unit, and a transmitting antenna unit for cable-free transmission of the received magnetic resonance signals and/or data to a data receiving unit. The magnetic resonance coil device includes at least one substantially uncovered region, and the transmitting antenna unit is arranged in the at least one substantially uncovered region.06-28-2012
20120161772D-SHAPED COIL - The present embodiments relates to a magnetic resonance tomography system having a coil system. The coil system includes an upper part having at least one antenna and a lower part having at least one antenna. The upper part of the coil arrangement is disposed above a bore for receiving an examination subject. The lower part of the coil arrangement is disposed below a field of view of the magnetic resonance tomography system. The lower part of the coil arrangement is closer to the examination subject than the upper part of the coil arrangement.06-28-2012
20120161771LONG DISTANCE EXPLOSIVE DETECTION USING NUCLEAR QUADRUPOLE RESONANCE AND ONE OR MORE MONOPOLES - Rather than using balanced transmission lines the stimulated response due to nuclear quadrupole resonance can be detected using a single monopole, with multiple monopoles improving substance detection.06-28-2012
20120212225MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes a bore configured to accommodate a subject therein, an RF coil positioned about the bore, and an RF shield positioned about the RF coil. The RF coil includes a first portion positioned adjacent a lower surface side of the bore and spaced a distance from the RF shield that is larger than a distance between a second portion of the RF coil and an upper surface side of the bore.08-23-2012
20090058420Magnetic resonance apparatus and control method for the same - A magnetic resonance apparatus includes a coil which receives a magnetic resonance signal from a subject, a transmitting unit which transmits the magnetic resonance signal received by the coil with a radio signal of a frequency band different from that of the magnetic resonance signal, an unit which extracts the magnetic resonance signal from the radio signal, a battery which supplies power to the transmitting unit, a switch unit which turns on and off power supply from the battery to the transmitting unit, a unit which wirelessly transmits a startup signal and a stop signal, a receiving unit which receives the startup signal and the stop signal that have been wirelessly transmitted, and a unit which controls the switch unit to turn on the power supply when the receiving unit receives the startup signal and turn off the power supply when the receiving unit receives the stop signal.03-05-2009
20120169342NUCLEAR QUADRUPOLE RESONANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERFACING WITH A SUBJECT MATERIAL - An improved system for interfacing with a subject material is provided where an interface material having target atoms with a known nuclear quadrupole resonance frequency is purposely associated with a subject material. An excitation signal is used to cause a nuclear quadrupole resonance of the target atoms and a receiving devices receives a received signal comprising a probe signal energy. A signal sampling device samples the received signal to produce detection data that is used for at least one of detecting the subject material, locating the subject material, tracking the subject material, or conveying information.07-05-2012
20100052683DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING A PIN DIODE - A circuit for switching a PIN diode has a PIN diode and an inductor (in particular a coil) as well as a direct voltage source and a group of switches, wherein in a first switch setting of the group of switches the PIN diode can be fed with current from the direct voltage source in its admission direction; and in a further switch setting the PIN diode and the inductor are separated from the direct voltage source and are arranged in a closed current loop such that the inductor can generate a discharge current upon transitioning to the further switch setting, which discharge current is directed to the PIN diode opposite to the current generated by the direct voltage source (DC).03-04-2010
20120176137GRADIENT MAGNETIC FIELD COIL AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING DEVICE - In the magnetic resonance imaging device, the distance between the first and second coils is different in the circumferential direction and has a first region (A07-12-2012
20120074944DEVICES AND CABLING FOR USE IN A MULTI-RESONANT MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM - An apparatus for use in a magnetic resonance system, the apparatus comprising: an operative component (03-29-2012
20120313645LOCAL COIL SYSTEM, TRANSMITTING DEVICE, MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE WIRELESS TRANSFER OF ENERGY TO A LOCAL COIL SYSTEM - A local coil system for a magnetic resonance system including at least one local coil for capturing magnetic resonance (MR) signals and at least one energy receiving antenna for inductively receiving energy for the local coil system from a temporally varying magnetic field is provided. The at least one energy receiving antenna is or may be tuned to an energy transfer frequency that is lower than a Larmor frequency of the MR signals to be captured and higher than approximately 20 kHz.12-13-2012
20120256633RECEIVING COIL AND LOCAL COIL FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE APPLICATIONS - A local coil for magnetic resonance applications includes a rigid housing that radially surrounds a substantially cylindrical examination volume. Arranged in the rigid housing is a transmitting coil, by which an excitation signal may be applied to the examination volume. An object to be examined arranged in the examination volume may be excited by the excitation signal for emitting a magnetic resonance signal. The local coil includes a size-variable structure, in which an antenna assembly for receiving the magnetic resonance signal emitted by the object to be examined is arranged. The size-variable structure is arranged in the examination volume and is connected to the rigid housing. The size-variable structure is soft and flexible.10-11-2012
20120187951POWER AMPLIFIER FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE - A power amplifier unit for a magnetic resonance device includes at least two power amplifier modules. Symmetrical output signals from the at least two power amplifier modules are fed to a shared balun. The shared balun is provided on a printed circuit board (PCB) and is realized in a unit with the at least two power amplifier modules. The balun is configured to asymmetrize a sum signal.07-26-2012
20120229141Optimized RF Shield Design - Radio frequency (RF) shields used with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus may experience gradient field induced eddy currents and RF field induced eddy currents. These eddy currents can cause the RF shield to heat up at an undesirable rate. RF shields are designed to have a desired degree of RF shielding and a desired heating attribute. Design goals for RF shields include gradient field transparency and RF field opacity, both of which can be influenced by eddy currents. Example methods identify a gradient field that will induce eddy currents and identify an RF field that will induce eddy currents. If a region on the RF shield is identified where the desired heating attribute will not be achieved, then a pattern of axial cuts and azimuthal cuts can be made in the RF shield to reduce gradient eddy current heating in the RF shield while maintaining desired RF shielding.09-13-2012
20120299594ANTENNA DEVICE - There is provided a technique for securing a comfortable examination space in a tunnel type MRI apparatus without increasing the manufacturing cost of the MRI apparatus and sacrificing performance thereof. In an RF coil provided with a hollow-shaped outer conductive element and a strip-shaped conductive element disposed along the outer conductive element in the axial direction, meander lines constituting the strip-shaped conductive element are disposed at uneven distances from the outer conductive element to secure an internal space. In order to obtain uniform sensitivity at the center of the RF coil, the strip-shaped conductive element is constituted with N of connected meander lines, and length of the strip-shaped conductive element is adjusted so that, in the strip-shaped conductive element resonating at resonance frequency of the antenna, nodes are formed in a number of (M+1)×N−1, wherein M is 0 or a natural number of 1 or larger.11-29-2012
20120299593LOCAL COIL FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE - A local coil for a magnetic resonance device includes a double resonance conductor loop arrangement having at least one conductor loop, and a converter apparatus configured for converting operating energy received at a first resonance frequency into an operating voltage. The local coil also includes an electronics arrangement operated with the operating voltage for processing magnetic resonance signals received at a second resonance frequency.11-29-2012
20120319689MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - In a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus according to an embodiment, an array coil is structured by arranging a plurality of coil elements each of which receives a magnetic resonance signal generated from a subject. An acquisition controlling unit acquires the magnetic resonance signals while changing a position to be selected and excited within the subject who has the array coil attached thereon. A large-area image generating unit generates a large-area image of the subject, based on the magnetic resonance signals acquired by the acquisition controlling unit. A position measuring unit measures positions of the coil elements, based on strengths of the magnetic resonance signals used for generating the large-area image and positions of the couchtop corresponding to the times when the magnetic resonance signals were acquired.12-20-2012
20120319690Superconductor Magnetic Resonance Imaging System and Method (SUPER-MRI) - Methods and apparatuses for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or magnetic resonance spectroscopy comprising a superconducting main magnet operable to generate a uniform magnetic field in an examination region, at least one superconducting gradient field coil operable to apply a respective at least one magnetic field gradient within the examination region, and at least one RF coil that is operable to transmit and receive radio frequency signals to and from the examination region, and that is configured for cooling and comprises at least one of (i) a non-superconducting material that when cooled to a temperature below room temperature has a conductivity higher than that of copper at that temperature and (ii) a superconducting material. The main magnet, the gradient coils, and each of the at least one RF coil of a given system may each be implemented as high temperature superconductor materials.12-20-2012
20120319688BALANCED MIXER FOR MRI SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME - A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus includes an RF coil, a preamplifier module, and a hub coupled to the preamplifier module via a transmission line. The preamplifier module includes an amplifier configured to amplify a magnitude of a first signal from the RF coil, the first signal having a first frequency and a diode array coupled to the amplifier. The MRI apparatus also includes an intermediate frequency (IF) circuit coupled to the transmission line and an oscillator circuit coupled to the hub and configured to supply an oscillating signal to the diode array via the transmission line to cause the diode array to mix the oscillating signal with the first signal to generate an IF signal to be received by the IF circuit via the transmission line, wherein the IF signal has a second frequency that is lower than the first frequency.12-20-2012
20100156423Signal Transmitting and Receiving Circuit, a NMR Probe, and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Equipment - An object of the invention is to change over accurately the switch part between use condition and nonuse condition. A signal transmitting and receiving circuit 06-24-2010
20120268133Modular multi-channel coil array for an MRI having decoupling of next but one neighbors - A multi-channel coil array for use as a transceiver in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has a plurality of radio frequency (RF) coils disposed next to one another, devices for electromagnetically decoupling the RF coils and coil elements which are applied onto a planar carrier element (10-25-2012
20120268132Magnetic Resonance Signal Detection Using Remotely Positioned Receive Coils - The receive coil arrangement includes an inner local volume coil adjacent the part to be imaged so as to maximize the received MR signal and an outer coil, which may be the built in body coil of the magnet, connected by cable to the signal processing system. Both the coils are individually tuned to the common resonant frequency and the local volume coil include an arrangement to halt current flow therein during the transmit stage. The local volume coil has no cable and is arranged to communicate the MR signal therein to the signal processing system through the outer coil by inductive coupling to the outer coil. Despite inherent losses by interfering with the tuning of the loops and in the inductive coupling this magnifies the MR signal and makes the local volume coil wireless.10-25-2012
20110227574MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - In one embodiment, an MRI apparatus includes first and second clock generators, a pulse generator, transmission and reception coils, pulse and phase detectors, and a corrector. The pulse generator generates an excitation pulse signal based on a clock signal generated by the first clock generator. The reception coil outputs a radio frequency signals corresponding to an excitation pulse transmitted from the transmission coil or an MR echo. The converter digitizes, synchronously with a clock signal generated by the second clock generator, the radio frequency signal, to obtain radio frequency data. The pulse detector detects excitation pulse data corresponding to the excitation pulse from the radio frequency data. The phase detector detects a phase of a pulse indicated by the detected excitation pulse data. The corrector corrects the radio frequency data based on the detected phase, to compensate for a phase offset which occurs in the echo during the digitization.09-22-2011
20090021261Rf trap tuned by selectively inserting electrically conductive tuning elements - A magnetic resonance imaging scanner (01-22-2009
20120081120HYPERPOLARISATION DEVICE USING PHOTONS WITH ORBITAL ANGULAR MOMENTUM - A magnetic resonance examination system comprises an RF-system for inducing resonance in polarised dipoles and receiving magnetic resonance signals from an object to be examined and an photonic-based hyperpolarisation device. The an electromagnetic source for emitting photonic radiation: —a mode converter to impart orbital angular momentum to the electromagnetic radiation; a spatial filter to select from the mode converter a diffracted or refracted photonic beam endowed with orbital angular momentum for polarising the dipoles via transferred orbital angular momentum; —a beam controller to apply the photonic beam endowed with orbital angular momentum over an extended target zone.04-05-2012
20120081119TRANSMISSION LINE PROBE FOR NMR - A probe for an NMR device is disclosed in which a saddle coil is disposed on one side of a flexible insulating material, and an additional conductor is disposed on the opposite side. The additional conductor and the conductors of the saddle coil create a capacitance across the insulating material. This capacitance acts with the inductance of the saddle coil such that the probe itself forms a transmission line. The probe is thus inherently broadband and requires no tuning. It also presents a constant impedance, thus facilitating impedance matching to an NMR spectrometer. In a preferred embodiment, a chip resistor is disposed on the flexible insulating material, terminating the transmission line.04-05-2012
20110241686POWER SUPPLY FOR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING SYSTEM - In one embodiment, a power supply for a static tap changer transformer is provided. The power supply comprises a rectifier section configured to supply input voltage, a latch circuit section coupled to the rectifier section and a tap changing section comprising three taps for each phase of three phase input power supply. The latch circuit section comprises a zener breakdown circuit with a selected breakdown voltage rating, an operational amplifier configured to activate the latch circuit section when the input voltage is higher than the selected breakdown voltage, a gate control device configured to generate a tap changing signal and thereby control the operation of the latch circuit section and a semi-conductor diode coupled to the gate control device and the operational amplifier, the semiconductor diode configured to provide the tap changing signal to the operational amplifier. Further, each tap in the tap changing section comprises a single MOSFET configured to act as a switch based on the output from the zener breakdown circuit and the gate control device.10-06-2011
20120280688Magnetic Resonance (MR) Radio Frequency (RF) Coil and/or High Resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - An MR coil including an MR RF receive coil comprising graphene.11-08-2012
20120280689RETAINING CLIP FOR PLUGGABLE ELECTRONICS COMPONENTS - A local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography system includes a mainboard, at least one plug-in module that is connectable to the mainboard, and a clip engaging with the plug-in module and the mainboard. The clip is arranged at least partially at a side of the mainboard.11-08-2012
20120286787DIRECT DIGITAL RECEIVER WITH LOCAL FREE RUNNING CLOCK - The invention relates to direct digital receiver for an RF coil (11-15-2012
20130009645FLOW-THROUGH NMR ANALYZER - A compact flow-through NMR analyzer with high NMR signal detection sensitivity is provided. The flow-through NMR analyzer comprises: a solution feeding pipe 01-10-2013
20130009644RF COIL UNIT AND MRI APPARATUS - An RF coil unit of an embodiment includes a plurality of first coil elements each having a first main loop which receives a magnetic resonance signal and a plurality of second coil elements each having a second main loop and a sub-loop protruding from a portion of the second main loop. Any combination of two coil elements chosen from the plural first coil elements and the plural second coil elements is arranged in an overlap area where areas surrounded by one and another one of the two coil elements overlap in such a way that the overlap area is located in an area surrounded by the first main loop.01-10-2013
20130015858LINEAR RESONATOR OF A HIGH-FREQUENCY ANTENNA FOR A NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUSAANM Ferrand; GuillaumeAACI ParisAACO FRAAGP Ferrand; Guillaume Paris FRAANM Luong; MichelAACI SceauxAACO FRAAGP Luong; Michel Sceaux FRAANM France; AlainAACI BordeauxAACO FRAAGP France; Alain Bordeaux FR - A linear resonator of a high-frequency antenna suitable for emitting a radiofrequency energisation signal and for receiving a radiofrequency relaxation signal, the linear resonator includes a radiating element to emit a radiofrequency energisation signal and receive a radiofrequency relaxation signal. The resonator also includes: a balun circuit including a power-supply line and two coupling lines; a substrate made of a dielectric material, supporting the radiating element which contains the balun circuit; two contact points connecting the balun circuit to the radiating element, the contact points being formed by one of the ends of the coupling lines extending out of the substrate, the distance separating the two contact points being selected so as to ensure the impedance matching of the resonator; and a chip floorplan separating the coupling lines from the radiating element.01-17-2013
20130021035MRT LOCAL COIL - A local coil for a magnetic resonance tomography device includes an elastic antenna support part with several antennas and an electronic part with electronic components connected to the antennas via supply lines. At least one part of the electronic part is located outside of the antenna support part.01-24-2013
20120242340APPARATUS FOR DETECTING SIGNALS - An apparatus for detecting magnetic resonance signals from a target, comprises a magnetic resonance sensor for responding to magnetic resonance signals from a target, and a shield member electrically isolated from the magnetic resonance sensor, the shield member being positioned relative to the magnetic resonance sensor such that when the magnetic resonance sensor faces the target, the shield member is behind the magnetic resonance sensor to at least partially shield the magnetic resonance sensor from magnetically coupling with sources other than the magnetic resonance signals.09-27-2012
20120242339MAGNETIC RESONANCE-COMPATIBLE ELECTRICAL DEVICE WITH RADIO FREQUENCY SHIELDING OR AN ENCLOSURE - An apparatus comprises an electrical device or component (09-27-2012
20120242337MRI Imaging Probe - A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probe apparatus is described. The MRI imaging probe includes a coil section having an imaging coil, and a handle section connected to the coil section. The handle section having a phase shifter circuit with inductors, capacitors, and coax line electrically connected and configured to provide appropriate phase shift. The handle section further having a coaxial cable winding electrically connected to the imaging coil, and wound cylindrically, and having a slot therethrough between the ends of the cylindrical winding. The handle section further having a pre-amp circuit mounted on a substrate and electrically connected to the cylindrical coax winding.09-27-2012
20080238426METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING ALIASING ARTIFACTS IN THE IMAGING FOR MR-MONITORED HIFU THERAPY - In a method and magnetic resonance (MR apparatus for reducing aliasing artifacts in the imaging for MR-monitored high intensity focused ultrasound HIFU therapy, a primary coil is used to receive the MR signals, and an additional coil is provided to receive interfering MR signals that form aliasing artifacts in the MR-monitored HIFU therapy imaging. The MR signals received by the primary coil and the interfering MR signals received by the additional coil are concurrently acquired. The interfering MR signals received by the additional coil are removed from the MR signals received by the primary coil. MR images are generated based on the MR signals with the interfering MR signals removed. Aliasing artifacts caused by the interfering MR signals thus are removed from the MR images without reducing the resolution of the scanned body parts in the MR images. In addition, the MR scanning time can be maintained by using a proper phase oversampling technology in the concurrent signal acquisition.10-02-2008
20080231281RF COIL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR PRACTICING MAGNETIZATION TRANSFER ON MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING AND SPECTROSCOPY SYSTEMS - An RF coil assembly for an MRI system includes a resonator formed by a cylindrical shield and pairs of opposing conductive legs disposed symmetrically around a central axis and extending the axial length of the shield. One set of conductive leg pairs is tuned to operate at the Larmor frequency of 09-25-2008
20130169277POTTING COMPOUND SUITABLE FOR POTTING AN ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, IN PARTICULAR A LARGE-VOLUME COIL SUCH AS A GRADIENT COIL - The invention relates to a potting compound suitable for potting an electronic component, in particular a large-volume coil such as a gradient coil, consisting of a supporting matrix in which at least one filler made of polymer nanoparticles is distributed. At least one filler (07-04-2013
20130113485Stacked Coil for Magnetic Resonance Imaging - A receive coil for MRI includes a stacked pair of coil elements to communicate the respective MR signals therein to the signal processing system in separate channels. This greatly increases image SNR and penetration depth and in parallel imaging. The coils are arranged in a stacked relationship so as to be at least partly and preferably wholly overlapped and lying in the same or closely adjacent planes. The coils include tuning capacitors to a common resonant frequency. The coils are connected by a conductor arranged such that the signals of the first and second coils are decoupled. The conductor can form a common portion of the coils including a capacitance of in the common portion arranged. The coils can be connected by two conductors one of which is a short and the other contains a capacitor. In both cases the connection conductors provide the decoupling.05-09-2013
20130113486MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - In one embodiment, an MRI apparatus (05-09-2013
20130099789RESONANCE CIRCUIT HAVING A VARIABLE RESONANCE FREQUENCY - A resonance circuit with a variable resonance frequency provided by a variable capacitor having compliant electrodes arranged on a deformable sheet. When the sheet is deformed the capacitance is varied. Further a sensing element comprising the resonance circuit and a sensing system comprising at least one sensing element, a sending unit and a receiving unit. Suitable for mass production. Provides wireless sensing system being cost effective to manufacture. May be used for low cost products, such as toys. May also be used for monitoring displacements in structures, e.g. cracks in wall structures. Further a positions sensitive pressure sensor with pressure sensors arranged on a two-dimensional structure.04-25-2013
20130119989MRT System with a Magnetic Coil and Method for Manufacturing a Circuit Arrangement for Switching a Coil Current - In a magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) system, a current strength of a coil current is controllable by a plurality of semiconductor power switches as a function of a control signal. The plurality of semiconductor power switches receive the control signal at respective control inputs from a control line. In each of at least two semiconductor power switches of the plurality of semiconductor power switches, a compensation resistance element is connected between the control input and the control line. Resistance values of the compensation resistance elements are different.05-16-2013
20130099788SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GRADIENT AMPLIFIER CONTROL - A gradient amplifier for driving a gradient coil is disclosed. The gradient amplifier includes a direct current (DC) bus for receiving DC voltage generated from a series resonant converter, an inverter coupled to the DC bus configured to receive the DC voltage at the DC bus and convert the DC voltage to generate an output voltage to be applied to the gradient coil, and an inverter controller coupled to the inverter. The inverter controller is configured to generate control signals to control operation of the inverter based at least on a DC voltage feedback signal measured at the DC bus, an output voltage feedback signal measured at the output of the inverter, and a reference output voltage signal indicative of a desired voltage to be achieved at the output of the inverter.04-25-2013
20130127468Gradient-Independent Shim Coil for a Local Coil of a Magnetic Resonance Device - A shim coil device for installation and/or arrangement within a local coil of a magnetic resonance device is provided. The shim coil device includes at least one shim coil formed by at least one conductor loop, and at least one compensation coil formed by at least one conductor loop. The at least one shim coil and the at least one compensation coil are arranged in a same coil plane. An overall arrangement of the at least one shim coil and the at least one compensation coil is symmetrical about a first central axis and a second central axis. The first central axis and the second central axis are perpendicular to each other and lie in the coil plane. An overall induction surface is enclosed by the at least one conductor loop of the at least one compensation coil corresponding to an overall induction surface enclosed by the at least one conductor loop of the at least one shim coil.05-23-2013
20130134980Receiving Method, Receiving System for Magnetic Resonance Signals, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging System - A method and system for receiving magnetic resonance signals, and a magnetic resonance imaging system are provided. The method includes dividing coil units in a receiving coil array into different coil unit groups. For each of the coil unit groups, correlations are established between carrier frequencies and the signals received by each coil unit in the coil unit group. Low noise amplification is performed, and filtering and frequency mixing is performed on the signals received by all the coil units in the coil unit group according to the correlations to obtain intermediate frequency signals borne on the respectively corresponding carrier frequencies of an identical channel. After performing amplification and filtering on the intermediate frequency signals, the intermediate frequency signals are output to an analog-to-digital conversion unit to perform digital sampling so as to obtain digital domain signals.05-30-2013
20130134979Volume Array Coil with Enforced Uniform Element Currents for Improved Excitation Homogeneity - Each of the coils in a transmit coil array of a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus is electrically connected to a common voltage point by a transmission line. By controlling the electrical length of the transmission line connecting each of the coils to the common voltage point to an odd integer multiple of one quarter wavelength, the current delivered to each coil is independent of coil impedance. This principle of forced current excitation enables equal currents to be delivered to each coil of a magnetic resonance imaging transmit coil array regardless of the unique loading of the individual coils and mutual impedance between the coils.05-30-2013
20130127469Local Coil - A local coil for an imaging system includes an anterior torso part and a posterior torso part that are detachably connected to one another with a fastening device.05-23-2013
20130200900MRI PHANTOM WITH A PLURALITY OF COMPARTMENTS FOR T1 CALIBRATION - Disclosed herein is a magnetic resonance imaging calibration assembly in particular, for dynamic contrast—enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. An exemplary magnetic resonance imaging calibration assembly according to the present disclosure can comprise a subject receptacle for receiving at least a portion of a subject. The exemplary magnetic resonance imaging calibration assembly can further comprise a plurality of phantom compartments, each of which can contain a calibration phantom with a predetermined known T relaxation time. The plurality of phantom compartments can be attached to the subject receptacle in different ways. For example, according to some exemplary embodiments of the 10 present invention, the phantom compartments are separate compartments attached or fixed onto the subject receptacle. According to other exemplary embodiments, the phantom compartments can be formed at least partially by the subject receptacle. The phantom can be for a T1 calibration making use of its known T1.08-08-2013
20110221441LOCAL COIL FOR A MAGNETIC RESONANCE DEVICE - A local coil for a magnetic resonance device includes a connector apparatus for establishing a connection to a plug-in station on a patient couch and at least one storage facility. The storage facility may be used to read out by way of the connection and may store at least one non-modifiable data item describing a property of the local coil. The storage facility may include at least one detection facility for acquiring measurement values describing the state of the local coil and at least one evaluation facility configured to modify the readout address of the storage facility as a function of the measurement values.09-15-2011
20130147486Power Amplifier Device for a Magnetic Resonance Machine - A power amplifier device for a magnetic resonance machine includes a housing, in which a first printed circuit board including at least one amplifier module having at least one power electronics component and at least one conductor pattern connected to the power electronics component is arranged. A second printed circuit board including at least one power electronics component and a conductor pattern is also arranged in the housing. The conductor pattern of the second printed circuit board is connected to at least one connection point of the first printed circuit board in order to supply voltage to the amplifier module. At least one cooling duct for cooling the power electronics components is arranged in the housing. At least two of the power electronics components are arranged such that the electronics components are thermally connected to a common cooling duct on opposite sides of the cooling duct.06-13-2013
20110234229MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM - A magnetic resonance system includes at least one coil and at least one coaxial line connecting the at least one coil to an electronic receive system. The at least one coil includes a preprocessing device that converts the received signals to at least one transmission frequency that is different from a transmit frequency. The coaxial line includes at least one sheath wave barrier with a trap suppressing sheath waves of transmit frequency both on the outside and the inside of a sheath conductor of the coaxial line.09-29-2011
20130154648SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR COMPENSATING FOR MAGNETIC FIELD DISTORTION IN AN MRI SYSTEM - A magnet apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging system, the magnet apparatus includes a vacuum vessel, a helium vessel disposed within the vacuum vessel and a thermal shield disposed between the vacuum vessel and the helium vessel. A set of passive compensation coils are disposed within the vacuum vessel or the helium vessel and used to compensate for magnetic field distortion caused by mechanical vibrations within the magnet apparatus.06-20-2013
20130207660RF ANTENNA ARRANGEMENT FOR MRI COMPRISING A TRAP CIRCUIT - An RF antenna or coil comprising a decoupling circuit including a parallel resonant trap circuit is disclosed for electromagnetically decoupling the RF antenna or coil when both RF antennas or coils are arranged in such proximity to each other that without a decoupling circuit couplings between both RF antennas or coils have to be expected which might lead to a decrease of the signal to noise ratio of received and/or transmitted RF signals or which couplings might lead other detrimental effects. Further, an RF transmit/receive antenna arrangement especially for an MR (magnetic resonance) imaging system or scanner is disclosed, wherein the RF transmit/receive antenna arrangement comprises an RF transmit antenna or coil which is preferably provided only for transmitting RF signals, and an RF receive antenna or coil which is preferably provided only for receiving MR signals (i.e. “dedicated” RF antennas or coils), wherein at least one of theses RF antennas or coils is provided with a decoupling circuit according to the invention.08-15-2013
20130181716INTEGRATED SHEATH CURRENT FILTER IN A LOCAL COIL - A local coil for an imaging system includes a sheath current filter and one or more lines run through the sheath current filter.07-18-2013
20130181717POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a power supply circuit includes at least an input phase determining unit and an input phase switching unit. The input phase determining unit is configured to determine, of three phases of the input three-phase alternating current, a phase of a highest voltage and a phase of a lowest voltage at a given time. The input phase switching unit is configured to switch an input voltage to a primary coil of a transformer so as to input, during a first switching period, a voltage of the highest voltage phase to one terminal of the primary coil and a voltage of the lowest voltage phase to another terminal, and configured to input, during a second switching period being contiguous to the first switching period, a voltage of the lowest voltage phase to the one terminal and a voltage of the highest voltage phase to the another terminal.07-18-2013
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20120293175LIQUID NITROGEN COOLED MRI COILS AND COIL ARRAYS - New method of cooling of MRI coil and resonators is disclosed and described. MRI coil designs showed in the disclosure are based solely on the use of copper tube elements filled with liquid nitrogen. Inside the conducting tubes at rf frequency there is no rf electric field, thus the liquid nitrogen presence inside such coils will not have any influence on MRI coil dielectric losses and on the resonant frequency modulation. Liquid nitrogen cooled coils, when in the coil noise regime, demonstrate 11-22-2012
20130200898Digital Amplitude Control and Digital Phase Control of a High-Frequency Signal - A method for digital amplitude control and digital phase control of a high-frequency signal is provided. A digital command signal specifies in complex form, including a real subcomponent and an imaginary subcomponent, an amplitude and a phase of the high-frequency signal that is to be controlled. A digital activation signal is output to a high-frequency unit for the purpose of generating the high-frequency signal. A digital signal deviation value is received in complex form including a real subcomponent and an imaginary subcomponent. The signal deviation value expresses a deviation of the high-frequency signal from the command signal with respect to the amplitude and the phase. The digital activation signal is determined from the command signal while taking into consideration the signal deviation value. The determination of the real subcomponent and the imaginary subcomponent takes place separately in each case.08-08-2013
20130200899MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS - A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus provided with an RF receiver having a power producing module configured to produce power that is to be supplied to the RF receiver through an RF pulse which is applied to a subject from an RF transmitting coil, the magnetic resonance imaging apparatus including an RF receiver provided with an RF transmitting coil configured to apply an RF pulse to a subject to excite an atomic nucleus, and with a power producing module configured to produce power by receiving the RF pulse applied by the RF transmitting coil.08-08-2013
20130207658Superconducting Magnet Device - Disclosed is a compact superconducting magnet device for generating an intense and homogeneous magnetic field component Bz along an axis Oz in a zone of interest ZI successively includes, starting from the axis Oz, at least two coaxial superconducting helical coils formed around circular cylinder sections of axis Oz delimited by end circles. The lateral ends of the helical coils are arranged, to within the thickness of the coils, in the vicinity of one same sphere of radius c whose centre O is placed on the axis Oz at the centre of the zone of interest ZI and which encompasses the magnetic device assembly. The azimuthal current densities j08-15-2013
20130207659RF SHIELD FOR MRI COMPRISING CONDUCTIVE COATING AS SHIELDING MATERIAL - The invention relates to a magnetic resonance imaging system (08-15-2013

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