Development of Solenoid RF Coil for Animal Imaging in 3T High Magnetic Field MRI

고자장 3T MRI 장비에서 동물영상을 위한 솔레노이드 RF코일 개발

  • Lee, Hong-Seok (College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea) ;
  • Woo, Dong-Cheol (Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea) ;
  • Min, Kwang-Hong (ISOL Technology) ;
  • Kim, Yong-Kwon (ISOL Technology) ;
  • Lee, Heung-Kyu (Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea) ;
  • Choe, Bo-Young (Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea)
  • 이홍석 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 의학과) ;
  • 우동철 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 의공학교실) ;
  • 민광홍 (아이솔테크날로지㈜) ;
  • 김용권 (아이솔테크날로지㈜) ;
  • 이흥규 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 의공학교실) ;
  • 최보영 (가톨릭대학교 의과대학 의공학교실)
  • Published : 2007.06.30

Abstract

Purpose : The purpose of the present study was to develop and optimize solenoid coil for animal- model in 3 T MRI system and investigate and compare with the birdcage coil concerning the image quality with the various parameters such as SNR and Q-factor. Materials and Methods : Solenoid coil for animal-model was made on the acryl structure (diameter 4 cm, length 10 cm) 3 times-winding cooper tape of width 2 cm, thickness 0.05 cm and length 10 cm with 2 cm interval between winded tapes. Capacitors from 2 pF to 100 pF were used, and the solenoid coil was designed for receiver only coil. Results : SNR of the developed solenoid was 985 in CuSO4 0.7 g/L and 995 in rat experiment. Q-factor was 84-89 in unloaded condition and 203-206 in loaded condition. Conclusion : The resolution of the image obtained from solenoid was relatively higher than that of the conventional birdcage coil. In addition, the homogeneity of RF field by coil simulation was significantly excellent. The present study demonstrated that the solenoid coil could be useful to obtain small animal images with better contrast, resolution, visibility than images from birdcage.