Use of high-tc superconducting tape RF coils for non-invasive fiber tracking on diffusion tensor MRI application

In Tsang Lin, Chang Wei Hsieh, Li Wei Kuo, Hong Chang Yang, Herng Er Horng, Wei Hao Chang, Jyh Horng Chen

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    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) coil is one of the best ways to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox (Bi-2223) tapes were suitable to use because of the easier fabrications and lower cost. In this study, we built HTS Bi-2223 tape coils and demonstrated that the SNR of using the HTS tape coil was 3 or 4 folds higher than that of the traditional copper coil for a rat brain MR study. Acquisition time of MR diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can be reduced by factor of 9 for the same signal-to-noise. Accuracy of fiber tracking using DTI is also significantly improved by a factor of 2.5 or so using HTS coil. In summary, with this HTSC system, a 3T MR system could reach the high signal-to-noise of 12 T MR system with the advantage of less T2 shortening effects at high field. Currents researches are focused on brain connectivity and fMRI studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTENCON 2005 - 2005 IEEE Region 10 Conference
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Print)0780393112, 9780780393110
    Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan 1
    EventTENCON 2005 - 2005 IEEE Region 10 Conference - Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 2005 Nov 212005 Nov 24

    Publication series

    NameIEEE Region 10 Annual International Conference, Proceedings/TENCON
    ISSN (Print)2159-3442
    ISSN (Electronic)2159-3450


    OtherTENCON 2005 - 2005 IEEE Region 10 Conference


    • Bi-2223
    • DTI
    • HTS
    • MRI

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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