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Ultra-low field Magnetic Resonance Imaging using high-Tc SQUIDs

Magnus Jönsson
Göteborg : Chalmers tekniska högskola, 2012. 54 s.
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A measurement system for ultra-low field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ulf-MRI) has been built and programmed and a few proof-of- principle 2D images of water phantoms have been acquired at 89.3 μT measurement field. The smallest detectable volume of water has been de- termined to be 0.3 cm3. A single-shot NMR spectrum of a water sample has been detected and the signal-to-noise ratio of the resonant peak has been determined to be 60 with a linewidth of 0.9 Hz at 3.8 kHz. A few dif- ferent pulsing sequences have been tried and the most promising has been determined to be a prepolarization pulse that is turned off non-adiabatically. Some obstacles towards building a full-fledged ulf-MRI measurement sys- tem have been identified and partially addressed, such as the external mag- netic fluctuations of around 200 nT and that an unshielded SQUID detector has problems performing reliably after the prepolarization pulse.

Nyckelord: Superconductivity, ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging, high-Tc SQUID, MRI, ULF-MRI, NMR

Publikationen registrerades 2012-09-19. Den ändrades senast 2013-04-04

CPL ID: 163594

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