An x-space magnetic particle imaging scanner

ArticleinThe Review of scientific instruments 83(3):033708 · March 2012with25 Reads
DOI: 10.1063/1.3694534 · Source: PubMed
Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is an imaging modality with great promise for high-contrast, high-sensitivity imaging of iron oxide tracers in animals and humans. In this paper, we present the first x-space MPI hardware and reconstruction software; show experimentally measured signals; detail our reconstruction technique; and present images of resolution and "angiography" phantoms.
    • "It should be noted in Fig. 2a that although the SAR is low, it is comparable to SAR values commonly used in the MFH literature for in vitro [35,36] and in vivo experi- ments [37][38][39]. However, during an MPI scan, the FFR has a short residence time [40] (in the order of milliseconds) in any given region , and hence the total amount of energy deposited in a particular region, which will correspond to the product of SAR and the residence time in that region, will be much lower. Thus, for these reasons the effects of magnetic nanoparticle heating during an MPI scan are expected to be negligible. "
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    • "Consequently, the FFP has a vertical rectilinear trajectory. In comparison to other scanner topologies [1], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], the object size is not limited for a single-sided MPI scanner. However, the penetration depth is limited, as the field strength and the gradient decrease with increasing distance to the scanner surface (Fig. 3). "
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