Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 10-16 May 2014 Milan, Italy

RF Engineering: Coils
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Christopher M. Collins, Ph.D. & Nicola F. De Zanche, Ph.D.
Sunday, 11 May 2014 (08:30 - 16:45)
In this one-day course, the principles of RF coils used to detect and excite the MR signals will be discussed, 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. A discussion of the RF modeling tools used to analyze these coils and coil arrays, and their interaction with the patient and the environment will lead into the interaction of RF fields with other objects in the MR environment. 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.
This course is designed for MR technicians, scientists and engineers with an interest in understanding physical principles behind MR safety issues related to RF fields, and/or the construction, design or use of RF coils and RF coil arrays.

As a result of attending 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;
  • Illustrate the principles of operation and basic applications of receive and transmit RF coil arrays; and
  • Compare the major methods of RF modeling commonly in use and the relative advantages and disadvantages of each.


Moderators: Christopher M. Collins, Ph.D. & Nicola F. De Zanche, Ph.D.

      RF Basics  
08:30 Basics of Transmission Lines & Power Transfer Scott B. King, Ph.D.
09:00   RF Volume & Surface Coils for MR Imaging - permission withheld Xiaoliang Zhang, Ph.D.
09:30 Radiative Antennas & Travelling Waves Cornelis A. T. van den Berg, Ph.D.
10:00     Break - Meet the Teachers  
      RF Arrays  
10:30   Receive Arrays & Circuitry - permission withheld Cecilia Possanzini, Ph.D.
11:00 Transmit Arrays & Circuitry Gregor Adriany, Ph.D.
11:30 RF Modeling Alexander J. E. Raaijmakers, Ph.D.
12:00     Lunch Break  
      12:00 - 12:15 - Meet the Teachers  
      Emerging RF Coils & Technologies  
13:30 Multi-Tuned Coils Dennis W. J. Klomp, Ph.D.
14:00 RF Coils for Hybrid Systems Boris R. Keil, Ph.D.
14:30 Preview: Interesting RF Abstracts to Look For in Milan Nicola F. De Zanche, Ph.D.
14:45     Break - Meet the Teachers  
      Live Construction of Coils  
15:15  Construction of Dual Tuned Coil Michela Tosetti, Ph.D.
Gianluigi Tiberi, Ph.D.
Riccardo Stara, M.D.
16:15     Adjournment  
      16:15-16:30 Meet the Teachers