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Abstract #2042

Minimizing power of RF pulse by genetic algorithm

Wang C, Shen G, Pang Y
University of Hong Kong

In excitation phase of MRI, there is only a very small portion of the RF pulse energy used for rotating the net magnetization, most of them are deposited into the imaging object as heat. So, reducing the RF pulse power can effectively decrease the heat deposited. In this work, genetic algorithm is introduced to minimize the power of RF pulse in the pulse design procedure, while keeping the excited profile almost unchanged. Simulation result showed that the power of RF pulse can be reduced by about 17% using GA minimization, while the excitation profile homogeneity almost has no change.