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A comparison of two design methods for MRI magnets

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5 Author(s)
Y. -C. N. Cheng ; Dept. of Radiol., Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI, USA ; R. W. Brown ; M. R. Thompson ; T. P. Eagan
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Designs of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) main magnets obtained from both a functional method and a genetic algorithm method have been compared. While most features in the two approaches are similar, there are several important differences. The functional method leads to fewer coil bundles and a reduced total current, i.e., total ampere turns, (e.g., 6-8 MA) that can be as much as 70% of the total current found with the genetic analysis. While the conclusion about stress is that it is a sensitive function of the choice of wire current density, the designs found with the functional method have a larger hoop stress than that of the genetic design, which may require new or refined manufacturing techniques. Furthermore, the functional approach requires much less computing power (i.e., a personal computer is quite sufficient) while the genetic algorithm method in general demands massively parallel computing techniques. However, in order to search for the optimal magnetic resonance design at a given field strength, it is likely that a combination of these two methods will lead to the best results.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 3 )