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Abstract #4818

Low-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging with MaRCoS

Vlad Negnevitsky1, Benjamin Menküc2, Thomas O'Reilly3, José Miguel Algarín4,5, Teresa Guallart6, Rubén Pellicer-Guridi4,5, Yolanda Vives-Gilabert7, Lincoln Craven-Brightman8, Jason Stockmann8, David Schote9, Marcus Prier10, Thomas Witzel11, Andrew Webb3, and Joseba Alonso4,5
1Oxford Ionics, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, 3Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, Netherlands, 4MRILab, Institute for Molecular Imaging and Instrumentation (i3M), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Valencia, Spain, 5MRILab, Institute for Molecular Imaging and Instrumentation (i3M), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Valencia, Spain, 6Tesoro Imaging S.L., Valencia, Spain, 7Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain, 8Massachusetts General Hospital, A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, MA, United States, 9Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig and Berlin, Germany, 10Department of Biomagnetical Resonance, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Forschungscampus STIMULATE, Magdeburg, Germany, 11Q Bio Inc., San Carlos, CA, United States


In recent years, low-field scanners have proven their potential for clinical, preclinical, research and teaching applications. However, a critical milestone is yet to be achieved on the path to affordable, high-performance MRI systems: the availability of an inexpensive, versatile electronic control system (MR console), competitive with commercial spectrometers, but without dramatically increasing the overall scanner cost. In this work we show the status of MaRCoS (MAgnetic Resonance COntrol System), an open-source MR console and software package with powerful features, that offers higher versatility than many commercial spectrometers, and show its use in several MR setups, including in vivo acquisitions.

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