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Abstract #2481

Design and Electric Field Analyses of a Shorter and Wider Asymmetric Gradient Coil for Whole Body MRI Scanners: A Comparison with a Symmetric Design

Afis Ajala1, Yihe Hua1, Desmond Teck Beng Yeo1, Mark Vermilyea1, and Thomas Foo1
1GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, United States

A unique approach to providing a more open, less claustrophobic whole-body MRI is presented. A design for an asymmetric gradient coil moves the region of interest (ROI) towards one end of the gradient coil, shortening the gradient coil length from the isocenter to the patient opening. This results in a stepped configuration where the patient-bore diameter outside of the imaging ROI is substantially wider compared to using a conventional symmetric gradient coil design. The stepped patient bore has previously been used in head-only gradient systems where the greater openness has resulted in increased patient comfort and reduced claustrophobia.

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