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Abstract #5101

Contrast source inversion global Maxwell tomography: a technique for electric properties MR imaging without phase information.

Alessandro Arduino1,2, Oriano Bottauscio2, and Luca Zilberti2

1Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, 2Metrologia per la qualità della vita, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM), Torino, Italy

The possibility to perform MR imaging of the electric properties relying only on the measurable magnitude of transmit sensitivity, without any hypothesis on its phase, is an extremely interesting task pursued by the scientific community in the last years. Here, the adoption of the contrast source inversion technique in the context of the global Maxwell tomography is proposed. The lack of phase information affect the numerical minimisation procedure by introducing local minima in the cost functional. The convergence of the method is restored by the adoption of multi-channel transmit coils, which can increase the data by measuring multiple transmit sensitivities.

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