Frank Seifert1, Tomasz Dawid Lindel1, Peter Ullmann2
1Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Abbestr. 2-12, D-10587 Berlin, Germany; 2Bruker BioSpin MRI GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany
Ensuring RF safety is crucial for parallel transmit MRI. During parallel transmission the E-field distributions inside and outside the body exhibit a complex time evolution which cannot be covered by calorimetric SAR measurements. We introduce an optical electric field sensor (OEFS) to map non-stationary E-fields during parallel transmit MRI. We tested a customized OEFS system for certain static phase settings of a 4-channel transmit array. Our measurements confirmed a pathologic single hot-spot SAR-distribution as expected from FDTD simulations. In conclusion, the featured OEFS is an appropriate tool to identify possible safety issues of parallel transmit technologies.