Radiofrequency heating studies on anesthetized swine using fractionated dipole antennas at 10.5 T

Yiğitcan Eryaman, Russell L. Lagore, M. Arcan Ertürk, Lynn Utecht, Patrick Zhang, Angel Torrado-Carvajal, Esra Abaci Türk, Lance Delabarre, Gregory J. Metzger, Gregor Adriany, Kâmil Uğurbil, J. Thomas Vaughan

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Purpose: To validate electromagnetic and thermal simulations with in vivo temperature measurements, and to demonstrate a framework that can be used to predict temperature increase caused by radiofrequency (RF) excitation with dipole transmitter arrays. Methods: Dipole arrays were used to deliver RF energy in the back/neck region of the swine using different RF excitation patterns (n = 2–4 per swine) for heating. The temperature in anesthetized swine (n = 3) was measured using fluoroscopic probes (n = 12) and compared against thermal modeling from animal-specific electromagnetic simulations. Results: Simulated temperature curves were in agreement with the measured data. The root mean square error between simulated and measured temperature rise at all locations (at the end of each RF excitation) is calculated as 0.37°C. The mean experimental temperature rise at the maximum temperature rise locations (averaged over all experiments) is calculated as 2.89°C. The root mean square error between simulated and measured temperature at the maximum temperature rise location is calculated as 0.57°C. (Error values are averaged over all experiments.). Conclusions: Electromagnetic and thermal simulations were validated with experiments. Thermal effects of RF excitation at 10.5 Tesla with dipoles were investigated. Magn Reson Med 79:479–488, 2018.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-488
Number of pages10
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018



  • 10.5 T
  • SAR
  • dipole arrays
  • radiofrequency (RF)
  • temperature

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