RF Engineering
ORGANIZERS: Tamer S. Ibrahim, Ph.D., Andrew G. Webb, Ph.D. & Steven M. Wright, Ph.D.
Sunday, 8 May 2011

In this one-day course we will discuss the principles of RF coils used to detect and excite the MR signals, beginning with the transmission lines that interconnect the coils to the MR system, and extending to single surface and volume coils and finally RF coil arrays for both transmit and receive. Also, the RF modeling tools used to analyze these coils and coil arrays, and their interaction with the patient and the environment. This will lead into a discussion of the interaction of RF fields with other devices that may be found in the MR environment, including such devices as implantable devices and EEG leads. The course will conclude with a live demonstration (or by video and live commentary) of the construction and tuning of RF coils for humans and animals.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
Describe the basic theory, design and construction of single and multi-tuned RF coils and their feed networks;
Explain the principles of operation and basic applications of receive and transmit RF coil arrays;
Compare the major methods of RF modeling commonly in use and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each; and
Describe the interaction of the RF signals used for MRI with other devices that may be used in the MR environment, such as implantable devices, EEG and EEG devices, PET detectors and NIR sensors.

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  RF Basics  
08:30 Circuit & Transmission Lines   Steven M. Wright, Ph.D.
09:00 Volume & Surface Coils   Dennis W. J. Klomp, Ph.D.
09:30 Multi-Tuned Coils   Barbara L. Beck, B.S.E.E., B.S.Ed.
10:00 Break  
  10:00 -10:15 Meet the Teachers  
  RF Arrays  
10:30 Receive Arrays   Nicola F. De Zanche, Ph.D.
11:00 Transmit Arrays   J. Thomas Vaughan, Jr., Ph.D.
11:30 RF Modeling   Tamer S. Ibrahim, Ph.D.
12:00 Break  
  12:00 - 12:15 Meet the Teachers  
  RF Interference with Other Devices  
13:30 Implantable Devices John A. Nyenhuis, Ph.D.
14:00 EEG NIR PET   Giorgio Bonmassar, Ph.D.
14:30 ECG   Thoralf Niendorf, Ph.D.
15:00 Break  
  15:00 - 15:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Live Construction of Coils  
15:30 Human   Hiroyuki Fujita, Ph.D.


  16:30-16:45 Meet the Teachers