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Abstract #3585

A Parallel-Transmit Halbach Magnet TRASE MRI System

Jonathan C. Sharp1, Aaron Purchase1, Christopher Sedlock1, and Boguslaw Tomanek1
1Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada


We have designed and constructed a low-field TRASE RF imaging system. In TRASE k-space encoding is achieved by refocusing with RF phase gradients. The system includes a motorized rotatable magnet, twin RF power amplifiers, two geometric decoupled truncated twisted solenoid RF transmit coils (1D radial TRASE encoding), and a multi-channel transmit SDR console. The magnet is a 2.835 MHz 8-ring Halbach design. All components are custom made. An inherent axial gradient of the inhomogeneous magnet function as slice selection. The unique feature of this imaging configuration is the simplicity. Two RF channels and magnet rotation provide multi-slice projection reconstruction imaging.

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