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Abstract #1462

Ultimate B0 Shim and the Design of Optimal Shim Bases

Nicolas Arango1, Jason Stockmann2,3, Elfar Adalsteinsson1,4, and Jacob White1

1Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, 2A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 4Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States

Simulations providing an upper bound on ∆B0 shimming of 1096 human brains from the human connectome project with currents outside the target volume were performed and used to construct optimal n-channel shim fields. Optimal truncated shim basis performance was evaluated suggesting 70 optimal channels are required to achieve 95% of ultimate performance. Comparisons with arrays of regularly spaced circular loops suggests that under realistic current constraints, regular loop arrays with hundreds of elements only achieve 85% of ultimate performance. The ultimate ∆B 0 shim and optimal n-channel coils will be useful tools in the analysis and comparison of shim array designs.

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