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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Sengupta, Saikat Tarun
Author's Email Address saikat.sengupta@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-12012010-113404
Title Dynamic B0 shimming at 7 Tesla
Degree PhD
Department Biomedical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Malcolm J Avison Committee Chair
Adam W. Anderson Committee Member
Edward B. Welch Committee Member
John C. Gore Committee Member
Mark D. Does Committee Member
  • High Field
  • Shimming
  • Dynamic Shimming
  • MRI
Date of Defense 2010-11-18
Availability unrestricted
Increased main field (B0) strength in MRI leads to increased signal levels but also causes higher field inhomogeneity (delta-B0). This thesis presents the implementation and evaluation of ‘Dynamic Shimming’, an advanced field shimming (correction) technique, on a high field human 7 Tesla clinical scanner. In this technique, the shim settings are changed during the acquisition of data from individual sub-volumes leading to better optimized field homogeneity compared to conventional static global shimming. Phantom and invivo experiments have been performed comparing the two shimming techniques. Dynamic shimming was seen to produce lower residual delta- B0 , image distortion and signal losses that static global shimming. In addition, a novel software based prospective method of eddy field compensation applied to higher order shim induced eddy currents has been developed and implemented. The method is shown to significantly reduced eddy fields and related artifacts in dynamic shimming.
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