Chad Tyler Harris1, William B. Handler1, Blaine Alexander Chronik1
1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
We have implemented a boundary element method to design and analyze the performance of curved gradient coil geometries as a function of the degree of curvature over all three axes, varying continuously from planar to full cylindrical. A form of curved gradient coil could serve as anatomically-specific gradient channels to be used in conjunction with whole-body coils to comprise a 4- to 6-channel hybrid system. The function of the anatomically-specific channels could include the ability to provide very high performance diffusion weighted imaging in a specified volume of tissue such as the breast, prostate, or posterior regions of the brain.