Decoupled dynamic magnetic field measurements improves diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images

Ying-Hua Chu, Yi Cheng Hsu, Fa Hsuan Lin*

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Field probes are miniature receiver coils with localized NMR-active samples inside. They are useful in monitoring magnetic field. This information can be used to improve magnetic resonance image quality. While field probes are coupled to each other marginally in most applications, this coupling can cause incorrect resonance frequency estimates and image reconstruction errors. Here, we propose a method to reduce the coupling between field probes in order to improve the accuracy of magnetic field estimation. An asymmetric sensitivity matrix describing the coupling between channels of field probes and NMR active droplets within field probes was empirically measured. Localized signal originating from each probe was derived from the product of the inverse of the sensitivity matrix and the coupled probe measurements. This method was used to estimate maps of dynamic magnetic fields in diffusion weighted MRI. The estimated fields using decoupled probe measurement led to images more robust to eddy currents caused by diffusion sensitivity gradients along different directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11630
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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