Near-Field Antenna Sub-Assemblies
20080925 - 20100324
Mr Corbett Ray Rowell
1. Prototypes(with specification depicted in item 2.2 of Section C): Single antenna coil element for 1H Two element phased array for 1H Four element phased array for 1H Eight element phased array for 1H Dual Band Antenna (13C and 23Na) for 0.3Tesla 2. Technical Design Documents for each prototype Simulations N element phased array for 1H 4. USA Patent applications: At least 4 patents in the following areas: Isolation techniques for near-field antennas Innovative loop and slot designs for MRI antenna elements Multiple HTS antenna elements HTS matching circuits Active MRI antenna elements
Time Medical Limited [Sponsor]
This project focuses on developing a new platform technology--near-field antenna sub-assemblies. The target application is medical imaging, in particular enabling spectrographic MRI (MRSI) and enhancing SNR in existing MRI machines. The project will focus on two areas: phased antenna coil arrays and tunable antenna sub-assemblies. The phased antenna coil arrays use traditional phased antenna array techniques to increase the image resolution in low tesla MRI machines. Tunable antenna coil sub-assemblies target different atomic element resonant frequencies, allowing MRI machines to be used for molecular disease imaging and different chemical element imaging. The platform technologies developed will have immediate application within the medical industry, allowing MRI machines to increase resolution, faster imaging times, and increase their functionality. The new platform technology will enable the Antenna and RF group to work together both with industry and cross-domain within ASTRI.