Breast MRI in Practice by R. Warren, Alan Coulthard

By R. Warren, Alan Coulthard

Advancements in MRI and software program have made breast assessments to be had in new methods for lots of extra clients. even as, breast MRI is evolving from a examine software to a clinically important imaging modality. The impetus for extra scientific improvement is probably going to move from MRI researchers to "breast" radiologists. lots of those radiologists may be skilled in breast imaging yet no longer unavoidably MRI. With this in brain, Breast MRI in perform presents a entire and functional advisor to imaging the breast with MRI. it's essential for oncologists, radiologists and clinical scholars in these fields.

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Passive shielding utilizes large pieces of sheet metal (iron or steel) in strategic locations around the magnet and the examination MAGNET room. Active shielding consists of additional superconducting wire loops incorporated into the cryostat. The current within the shielding coils flows in the opposite direction to that in the inner coils, and so produces magnetic fields that tend to negate the fringe field. The shielding, in confining the fringe field, allows for considerable space-savings and the magnetic field may often extend only a few metres from the magnet.

The magnet is contained within a cryostat, designed to minimize heat transfer to the liquid helium. This is often achieved by using an outer liquid nitrogen shielding, or a number of radiation shields and mechanical-based refrigerators. Superconducting magnets are intrinsically stable and are ramped-up to the operating field strength by means of an external power supply. Once the required current is flowing continuously in the magnet, it will remain at its operating field strength without further input of electrical power, provided that the magnet is kept at liquid helium temperature.

The sampling interval (T) refers to the readout time of each point in the frequency-encoding direction. The bandwidth per pixel is the image bandwidth divided by the matrix size in the readout direction. It is the inverse of the total sampling time, Ts (Ts = Nfr . T): BWpix = Field of view (FOV) Slice thickness = Receiver bandwidth (BW) BWread = ␥– . Gfr . FOV = given FOV, an elevated bandwidth requires an increase in the frequency-encoding gradient strength. 4) Affects the SNR (SNR ∝ 1/√BWread ) (see ‘Optimization of sequence protocols’) and the presence of artefacts.

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