Local SAR in adults and children at 7T MR: Realistic estimation by the using of simulations

N. Fontana, G. Tiberi, R. Stara, A. Monorchio, A. Retico, M. Tosetti

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Abstract

The evaluation of the local Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a major concern in ultra high field (UHF) Magnetic Resonance (MR) systems. In fact, at UHF, the energy deposition due to the radio-frequency (RF) field increases and its distribution inside the subject becomes extremely inhomogeneous and subject dependent. Local SAR measurements are not available in present MR systems; thus, electromagnetic simulations must be performed for RF fields and SAR analysis. In this study we resort to 3D full wave numerical electromagnetic simulations for investigating the dependence of the local SAR at 7 T with respect to the subject size in two different scenarios: i) surface coil loaded by adults and children calves; ii) volume coil loaded by adults and children heads. Concerning the first scenario, it has been found that the maximum local SAR decreases with decreasing load size: this holds true if the RF magnetic fields (B1+) for the different load sizes are scaled so to achieve the same B1+ slice average value.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages260-263
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781467357104
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 18 2014
Event16th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2014 - Palm Beach, Aruba
Duration: Aug 3 2014Aug 8 2014

Other

Other16th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2014
CountryAruba
CityPalm Beach
Period8/3/148/8/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiation

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