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A new quadrature annular resonator for 3 T MRI based on artificial-dielectrics

A new quadrature annular resonator for 3 T MRI based on artificial-dielectrics
Ivan V. Sushkov, Anna A. Mikhailovskaya, Dmitry A. Dobrykh, Alexey P. Slobozhanyuk, Alena V. Shchelokova, Andrew Webb
Dielectric resonators have previously been constructed for ultra-high frequency magnetic resonance imaging and microscopy. However, it is challenging to design these dielectric resonators at clinical field strengths due to their intrinsically large dimensions, especially when using materials with moderate permittivity. Here we propose and characterize a novel approach using artificial-dielectrics which reduces substantially the required outer diameter of the resonator. For a resonator designed to operate in a 3 Tesla scanner using water as the dielectric, a reduction in outer diameter of 37% was achieved. When used in an inductively-coupled wireless mode, the sensitivity of the artificial-dielectric resonator was measured to be slightly higher than that of a standard dielectric resonator operating in its degenerate circularly-polarized hybrid electromagnetic modes (HEM11). This study demonstrates the first application of an artificial-dielectric approach to MR volume coil design.
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