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Abstract #4175

Simulation of Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Thresholds of MRI Gradient Coils

Mathias Davids1,2, Bastien Guérin2,3, Valerie Klein1, Lothar R Schad1, and Lawrence L Wald2,3,4

1Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany, 2Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 4Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) has become the major limitation in many fast MRI sequences for state-of-the-art gradient systems. We recently presented the first (to our knowledge) full peripheral nerve model for assessing magnetostimulation thresholds and validated it for solenoid coils. Our model consists of a comprehensive body model for EM simulations, a detailed atlas of human nerve fibers, and a numerical model describing nerve responses to induced electrical fields. Here, we extend our approach to realistic MRI gradient coils in simulations of male and female body models. The average threshold closely matches experimentally obtained group PNS threshold curves.

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