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Abstract #4428

Output Filter Design for Gradient Amplifier and Shimming Amplifier of MRI: an Overview

Huijun Yu1, Sebastian Littin1, Feng Jia1, Stefan Kroboth1, and Maxim Zaitsev1

1Department of Radiology, Medical Physics, Medical Center University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Switch-mode gradient amplifiers are widely employed in magnetic resonance imaging systems to drive gradient coils with high current and voltage to provide fast slew rates. The pulse-width modulation control results in unavoidable current ripple and switching noise. Therefore an effective filter is required to attenuate the current ripple and switching noise to avoid image artifacts. Common methods include using single or two stages of LC low pass filter with a disadvantage of bulky size and low ripple attenuation at the switching frequency. Here we present four different filters as alternative designs that introduce a notch mode.

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