New resonator geometries for ICE decoupling of loop arrays.

Yan X, Gore JC, Grissom WA
J Magn Reson. 2017 277: 59-67

PMID: 28236786 · PMCID: PMC5389865 · DOI:10.1016/j.jmr.2017.02.011

RF arrays with a large number of independent coil elements are advantageous for parallel transmission (pTx) and reception at high fields. One of the main challenges in designing RF arrays is to minimize the electromagnetic (EM) coupling between the coil elements. The induced current elimination (ICE) method, which uses additional resonator elements to cancel coils' mutual EM coupling, has proven to be a simple and efficient solution for decoupling microstrip, L/C loop, monopole and dipole arrays. However, in previous embodiments of conventional ICE decoupling, the decoupling elements acted as "magnetic-walls" with low transmit fields and consequently low MR signal near them. To solve this problem, new resonator geometries including overlapped and perpendicular decoupling loops are proposed. The new geometries were analyzed theoretically and validated in EM simulations, bench tests and MR experiments. The isolation between two closely-placed loops could be improved from about -5dB to <-45dB by using the new geometries.

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Algorithms Computer Simulation Electromagnetic Fields Image Enhancement Magnetic Resonance Imaging Phantoms, Imaging

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