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Modeling electromagnetic exposure in humans inside a whole-body birdcage coil excited by a two-channel parallel transmitter operated at 123 MHz

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Kozlov,  Mikhail
Department Neurophysics (Weiskopf), MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Weiskopf,  Nikolaus
Department Neurophysics (Weiskopf), MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Möller,  Harald E.
Methods and Development Unit Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Kozlov, M., Horner, M., Kainz, W., Weiskopf, N., & Möller, H. E. (2020). Modeling electromagnetic exposure in humans inside a whole-body birdcage coil excited by a two-channel parallel transmitter operated at 123 MHz. IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, 4(4), 247-253. doi:10.1109/JERM.2020.2987901.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-3FCA-1
Abstract
The influence of the accuracy level for whole-body birdcage coil models on electromagnetic exposure estimations was evaluated using three anatomical human body models located at the head landmark position. Both generic and vendor-specific birdcage coil models were created and analyzed using a radio-frequency (RF) circuit and a three-dimensional electromagnetic (EM) co-simulation approach to evaluate EM properties of the coil used in a commercial 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. The fidelity of the coil geometry and excitation, as well as consideration of permissible variations of the coil electrical components and capacitor losses, had a significant impact on the estimated electric field distributions inside the human models. Therefore, the variety of electric fields generated in humans should be carefully considered for a reliable RF safety assessment of a patient with a passive or active implant undergoing a scan in a modern MRI scanner with dual-channel transmit RF coils.