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Abstract #4073

A robust experimental evaluation method for RF safety assessment of implants during 1.5 T and 3.0 T MRI

Aiping Yao1,2, Earl Zastrow1, and Niels Kuster1,2

1IT'IS Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, 2ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

The accuracy of the traditional SAR-based evaluation is normally limited by the extreme spatial gradient of the induced SAR within the high-heating region. In this work, we propose a reconstruction evaluation method that improves upon the traditional method by using simple numerical modeling and image processing algorithm. The total combined uncertainty caused by the high SAR gradient and limited probe resolution is reduced dramatically from 3dB to 1 dB with the proposed method. A generic implant with helical conductor and single electrode is successfully validated against numerical simulations with less than 0.5 dB deviation at both 1.5 T and 3.0 T MRI RF frequencies.

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