Polarization of the RF field in a human head at high field: A study with a quadrature surface coil at 7.0 T

Jinghua Wang, Qing X. Yang, Xiaoliang Zhang, Christopher M. Collins, Michael B. Smith, Xiao Hong Zhu, Gregor Adriany, Kamil Ugurbil, Wei Chen

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The RF field intensity distribution in the human brain becomes inhomogeneous due to wave behavior at high field. This is further complicated by the spatial distribution of RF field polarization that must be considered to predict image intensity distribution. An additional layer of complexity is involved when a quadrature coil is used for transmission and reception. To study such complicated RF field behavior, a computer modeling method was employed to investigate the RF field of a quadrature surface coil at 300 MHz. Theoretical and experimental results for a phantom and the human head at 7.0 T are presented. The results are theoretically important and practically useful for high-field quadrature coil design and application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-369
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 5 2002



  • Computer modeling
  • High field MRI
  • RF coil
  • RF field polarization

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