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RF Bootcamp: Essentials of RF Coil Design, Construction, and Interface
H. Cecil Charles, Ph.D., and Michael B. Smith, Ph.D., Organizers
Saturday, 15 May 2004, 08:00 - 17:50

ast updated 05 May 2009

Course Objectives
The focus of this course will be on moving from basic design concepts to a working coil.  Included will be system interface, packaging and safety issues.  The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical aspects of RF design and construction.
Audience Description:
Scientists, engineers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students wishing to develop fundamental skills in RF coil design and construction.
Researchers in the field of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy who need to develop RF coils in support of various research projects.
Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
 Define inductance, capacitance, resonance and distributed capacitance with reference to RF coils, their design and operation;
Describe the basic needs and components of a working RF laboratory;
Compare design and construction of two important types of coils;
Explain the fundamentals of RF coil connections to the scanner;


08:00 Welcome and Overview H. Cecil Charles
08:10 Basic Concepts I (Components) Steven M. Wright
08:40 Basic Concepts II (Measurements) James R. MacFall
09:10 The RF Laboratory Randy Duensing
10:00 Discussion Team
10:20 Break
10:40 The Flat Circular Coil (Theory) H. Cecil Charles
11:10 The Flat Circular (Construction) H. Cecil Charles
12:00 Break
13:30 The Bird Cage Coil (Theory) Michael B. Smith
14:15 The Bird Cage Coil (Construction) H. Cecil Charles
15:00 Coil Interface: Theory and Implementation Randy Duensing
15:45 Break
16:05 Where do We Go From Here? Michael B. Smith
16:45 Safety Issues Daniel J. Schaefer
17:30 Panel Discussion Team
17:50 Adjournment