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Abstract #0029

3D imaging with a portable MRI scanner using an optimized rotating magnet and 1D gradient coil

Patrick McDaniel1, Clarissa Z Cooley2,3, Jason P Stockmann2,3, and Lawrence L Wald2,3

1Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, 2Athinoula A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, MA, United States, 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States

A low-cost portable brain MRI scanner could extend the reach of brain MRI to remote locations and point-of-care situations and extend the use of MRI into monitoring applications. We previously presented 3D imaging in a portable magnet without gradient coils using the natural field variation of a rotating permanent magnet for in-plane encoding and RF phase gradients for encoding the third direction. In this work, we show that an efficient gradient coil can phase-encode the third direction in a single shot CPMG train with minimal current (~2A) allowing low-cost amplifiers and negligible power needs, acoustic noise or heating.

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