Live on physicsworld.com: "Magnetic-field cameras: mapping a path to optimal MRI performance".
Made to measure: Metrolab’s MFC2046 camera system is used for magnet “rampingThe process of injecting current to bring the field up to the operational field. Used particularly for superconducting magnets....” and detailed field mappingThe process of measuring magnetic field intensity at many different points, in order to understand the structure of the field... of MRI systems – a combination that saves time and money in the assembly plant and during system installation in the clinic.
Magnetic resonance imagingMagnetic Resonance Imaging. Using NMR to image the interior of a solid body, usually for a medical diagnosis.... (MRI) has become a mainstay of medical imaging facilities. Superior soft-tissue contrast versus CT scans and the use of non-ionizing radio waves to visualize a rich matrix of functional information – including blood volume/oxygenation and localized metabolic activity within tumour sites – represent a winning combination for clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of diseases.
Underpinning that clinical capability is an array of enabling technologies, the largest and most expensive of which is the cryogenically cooled superconducting magnetAn electromagnet built with superconducting wire. To remain superconducting, the coil has to be maintained at cryogenic temperatures, so it... that sits at the heart of today’s cutting-edge MRI scanners. Clinical MRI machines typically have a magnetic-field strength in the rangeThe range of a probe is defined by the minimum and maximum field strength it can measure. On an instrument,... 0.1 to 3.0 T – though research systems for human and small-animal applications are available at much higher fields (up to 25 T). In every case, these multimillion-dollar systems require a magnetic field that combines extreme stability with extreme uniformity (to within a few ppmParts per million, or 10-6. Bigger than a ppb, but still pretty darn small....) to ensure optimal imaging performance.
To service that need, Swiss manufacturer Metrolab Technology SA, a market-leader in precision magnetometers, has developed a portfolio of measurement tools and accessories to enable MRI equipment manufacturers to quantify and map the magnetic subsystems at the heart of their clinical MRI scanners. Metrolab’s products are used by MRI equipment vendors throughout the technology and innovation cycle: to support R&D on next-generation systems; in the production and assembly plant; and during the installation of new MRI machines in clinical facilities... Read full article on Physics World!
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Metrolab’s MFC2046 camera system is used for magnet “ramping” and mapping of MRI systems during manufacturing and installation.
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