Towards new vistas in preamplifier design for MRI

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High signal to noise ratio (SNR) in magnetic resonance imaging is vital for ensuring accurate diagnosis and treatment. Arrays of surface coils for receive only purposes is a well established way to increase SNR. However, due to crosstalk between the array elements, the SNR can be severely degraded. For that reason, arrays often do not exploit their full potential. By using a series decoupling network with non-conventional matching and preamplifier impedances the decoupling between elements can be increased significantly. In the presented design example, almost 6 dB additional decoupling can be achieved with no impairment of preamplifier noise figure. The decoupling changes as a function of both coil and preamplifier performance. Thus, the fundamental trade-off between noise and decoupling is discussed. This work embarks on the path towards new vistas in design of preamplifiers for surface coil arrays for magnetic resonance imaging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 47th European Microwave Conference
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6773-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 47th European Microwave Conference (EuMC) -
Duration: 10 Oct 201712 Oct 2017
Conference number: 47


Conference2017 47th European Microwave Conference (EuMC)
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  • Decoupling
  • Matching networks
  • Noise matching
  • Preamplifiers
  • Surface coils


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