A theoretical approach based on electromagnetic scattering for analysing dielectric shimming in high-field MRI

Wyger M. Brink, RF Remis, Andrew G. Webb

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Abstract

Purpose
In this study, we analyzed dielectric shimming by formulating it as an electromagnetic scattering problem using integral equations.
Methods
Three-dimensional simulations of the radiofrequency field in two configurations using different materials were analyzed in terms of induced currents and secondary fields. A two-dimensional integral equation method with different backgrounds was used to identify the underlying physical mechanisms. This framework was then used to develop an inversion method for the design of dielectric pads.
Results
The effects of a dielectric pad can be attributed to the interference of a secondary field that is produced by the currents induced in the dielectric pad, radiating in an inhomogeneous background. The integral equation method with inhomogeneous background reduces the complexity of the forward and inverse problem significantly and can be used to optimize the permittivity distribution for a desired inline image field. Agreement with experimental inline image maps was obtained in a cylindrical phantom, demonstrating the validity of the method.
Conclusions
The integral equation method with inhomogeneous background yields an efficient numerical framework for the analysis and inverse design of dielectric shimming materials. Magn Reson Med 75:2185–2194, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2185-2194
Number of pages10
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Volume75
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Dielectric shimming
  • B₁⁺
  • electromagnetic scattering
  • integral equations
  • inverse problem

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