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Abstract #0709

MARIE a MATLAB-based open source software for the fast electromagnetic analysis of MRI systems

Jorge Fernandez Villena 1 , Athanasios G. Polimeridis 1 , Lawrence L. Wald 2,3 , Elfar Adalsteinsson 1,3 , Jacob K. White 1 , and Luca Daniel 1

1 Research Laboratory of Electronics, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, 2 A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, United States, 3 Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

MARIE (MAgnetic Resonance Integral Equation suite) is an open-source software for fast EM analysis of MRI systems. It combines surface and volume integral equation formulations to exploit the characteristics of the different parts (coil array and body model), and applies sophisticated numerical methods to rapidly perform EM simulations to characterize the MRI design. Running on a GPU-accelerated windows desktop, MARIE solves complex scattering problems in ~2-3 min., port-parameter analysis of complex coils in ~3-5 min. per frequency, and a complete inhomogeneous body and coil system in ~5-10 min. per port. It includes a GUI for standard simulations, and scripts to develop more advanced analyses, such as ultimate intrinsic SNR/SAR on body models, fast coil design and optimization, or generation of patient specific protocols.

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