Design of Multiple-Imaging-Region Gradient Coil for Parallel Mouse Imaging
de Bever J, Chronik B
University of Western Ontario
Imaging of mice using MRI is critical to studies investigating human diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and stroke. Currently it takes multiple hours to image a single mouse, and several hundred mice may be required to complete a large experiment. This represents a huge time and financial burden for researchers and granting agencies supporting mouse imaging. To address this, we have designed gradient coils capable of imaging three mice in parallel. We show that multi-imaging-region (MIR) coils provide significant performance increases over standard gradient designs by comparing simulated inductance, imaging region size, and gradient efficiency against standard single-region gradients.