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Numerical Solution Of An Inverse Problem In Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using A Regularized Higher-order Boundary Element Method

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE070311

Volume

44

Pages

10

Published

2007

Size

449 kb

Author(s)

L. Marin, H. Power, R. W. Bowtell, C. Cobos Sanchez, A. A. Becker, P. Glover & I. A. Jones

Abstract

We investigate the reconstruction of a divergence-free surface current distribution from knowledge of the magnetic flux density in a prescribed region of interest in the framework of static electromagnetism. This inverse problem is motivated by the design of gradient coils used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and is formulated using its corresponding integral representation according to potential theory. A novel higher-order boundary element method (BEM) which satis- fies the continuity equation for the current density, i.e. divergence-free BEM, is also presented. Since the discretised BEM system is ill-posed and hence the associated least-squares solution may be inaccurate and/or physically meaningless, the Tikhonov regularization method is employed in order to retrieve accurate and physically correct solutions. Keywords: inverse problem, regularization, divergence-free BEM, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 1 Introduction Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive technique for imaging the human body, which has revolutionised the field of diagnostic medicine.MRI relies on the generation of highly controlled magnetic fields that are essential to the process of image production. In particular, an extremely homogeneous, strong, static

Keywords

inverse problem, regularization, divergence-free BEM, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).