Permanent magnet design and image reconstruction algorithm for magnetic resonance imaging in inhomogeneous magnetic fields

Yiğitler, Hüseyin
Recently, the use of permanent magnets as magnetic field sources in biomedical applications has become widespread. However, usage of permanent magnets in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is limited due to their inhomogeneous magnetic field distributions. In this thesis, shape and geometry optimization of a magnet is performed. Moreover, placement of more than one magnet is optimized to obtain desired magnetic field distribution in specific region of space. However, obtained magnetic field distribution can not be used in the conventional MRI image reconstruction techniques. Consequently, an image reconstruction technique for MRI in inhomogeneous magnetic fields is developed. Apart from these, since any reconstruction technique requires signal data, an MRI simulator in inhomogeneous magnetic fields is constructed as a part of this thesis. Obtained results show that the theory developed in this thesis is valid. Consequently, new MRI devices that have permanent magnets as magnetic field sources can be constructed in the future.


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Citation Formats
H. Yiğitler, “Permanent magnet design and image reconstruction algorithm for magnetic resonance imaging in inhomogeneous magnetic fields,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2006.