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Abstract #0301

Comparison between experimental and simulated electric fields near a hip implant in a parallel transmit hip coil

Aurelien Destruel1, Miguel Fuentes1,2, Ewald Weber1, Kieran O'Brien3,4, Markus Barth4, Feng Liu1, and Stuart Crozier1

1School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Population Health Research on Electromagnetic Energy, Monash University, Australia, 3Siemens Healthcare Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia, 4Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

The high conductivity of metal implants causes them to focus electric fields in tissue, which may increase the local temperature. In the case of parallel transmit (pTx) MRI, careful simulations of the patient and coil are required to predict heating, but validation of the simulations is challenging near metal implants. In this work, direct measurement of E-field near a hip prosthesis is performed inside a pTx hip coil, and results are compared with simulated data with and without considering decoupling. Neglecting decoupling leads to differences of up to 80% with measured data, showing the importance of realistic simulations.

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