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Abstract #4188

Simultaneous RF induced heating of the human body and RF coils: Implications for tissue temperature

Xin Chen1 and Michael Steckner1
1Canon Medical Research USA, Inc., Mayfield Village, OH, United States

It is widely understood that the B1 field used in MRI can cause significant tissue heating by inducing eddy currents. Additionally, the B1 field simultaneously induces heating in all RF coils. Patient heating is indirectly constrained by SAR limits, as defined in IEC 60601-2-33, and the surface contact coil temperature limit (41°C) is defined by IEC 60601-1. An examination of the simultaneous application of both heating sources is investigated by electromagnetic and thermal modeling. Initial results suggest that while the presence of a “hot” coil elevates tissue temperatures, the two simultaneous sources of heating don’t pose a patient safety risk.

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