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Abstract #3630

A design of a mobile, homogeneous and efficient electromagnet with a large field-of-view for neonatal low field MRI

Steffen Lother1, Steven Schiff2, Thomas Neuberger3, Peter M. Jakob1,4, and Florian Fidler1

1Research Center Magnetic-Resonance-Bavaria (MRB), Wuerzburg, Germany, 2Center of Neural Engineering, Departments of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Neurosurgery, and Physics, Penn State University, University Park, PA, United States, 3High Field MRI Facility, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State University, University Park, PA, United States, 4Department for Experimental Physics 5 (Biophysics), University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

A mobile and effective electromagnet prototype with a large field-of-view for neonatal magnetic resonance imaging at 23 mT is presented. The efficient implementation succeeded by exploiting the use of steel plates as a housing system. This results in a design that ensures an optimum between large sample volumes, high homogeneity, high B0 field, low power consumption, light weight, without the necessity of a dedicated water cooling system. Simulations and measurements are shown, which illustrate the functionality and quality of this imaging system. There are multiple paths to clinical and medical applications for such low cost devices.

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