Efficient generation of a magnetic field-free line

Tobias Knopp*, Marlitt Erbe, Sven Biederer, Timo F. Sattel, Thorsten M. Buzug

*Corresponding author for this work
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Purpose: Signal encoding in magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is achieved by moving a field-free point (FFP) through the region of interest. One way to increase the sensitivity of the method is to scan the region of interest with a field-free line (FFL) instead of the FFP. Recently, the first feasible FFL coil setup was introduced. The purpose of this article is to improve the efficiency of the FFL coil geometry even further. Methods: In order to reduce the electrical power loss of the setup, an additional Maxwell coil pair is introduced that is tailored to generate the static part of the FFL field. Results: Using the proposed coil assembly, the electrical power loss for the generation of a rotating FFL is considerably reduced compared to previously known coil setups. Furthermore, the quality of the generated FFL is significantly increased. Conclusions: The proposed coil assembly is almost as efficient as an equivalent FFP scanner. Furthermore, the assembly cannot only be used for FFL imaging but for FFP imaging as well. Hence, the findings of this article denote an important step toward the first practical implementation of the FFL coil geometry.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Physics
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)3538-3540
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2010


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