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Multi-coil design for a coaxial double-cylinder head MRI scanner

Liang Xuan (State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment and System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China)
Zheng Xu (State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment and System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China)

COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering

ISSN: 0332-1649

Article publication date: 31 May 2022

Issue publication date: 12 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Gradient coils designed by conventional target field methods usually have a complex physical structure and these methods are not convergent for complex routing area problems. This study aims to design a multi-coil (MC) gradient system arranged on a complex routing area including two cylindrical surfaces with different radii for a head magnetic resonance imaging scanner.

Design/methodology/approach

A MC system model is established. In this model, the sub-coils are evenly distributed on two cylindrical wiring surfaces, and the radii of coils are the same on one cylindrical surface. With the target magnetic field set, the currents in every individual coil are solved by constrained least-squares fitting based on the Levenberg–Marquardt method.

Findings

The magnetic field nonlinearity generated by designed coils is validated as 4.50% and 3.57% for X-gradient coil and Z-gradient coil, respectively, which satisfy the mainstream nonlinearity standards. The analysis of the optimization results indicates that hardware requirements can be considerably reduced by connecting coils with the same currents in series.

Originality/value

High-linearity gradient magnetic fields are generated on complex routing areas by adopting the MC structure. In addition, the requirements for current sources and amplifiers are considerably reduced.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 52077023), Chongqing Municipal Natural Science Foundation (No. cstc2020jcyjmsxmX0340), and the Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission CJGJZD20200617102402006.

Citation

Xuan, L. and Xu, Z. (2023), "Multi-coil design for a coaxial double-cylinder head MRI scanner", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 112-120. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-01-2022-0044

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