Radiofrequency coil design for intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
We are creating a powerful tool for improvements in surgeries of the brain and spine. A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine will be used inside operating rooms so patients undergoing surgery can be imaged in the middle of the surgery for quality control. For instance, surgeons can obtain an MRI to ensure the entire tumor was removed before ending the surgery.
In order to collect MR images, special electronics are needed to create and receive signals from the patient. These electronics are called radio-frequency (RF) coils. The purpose of this proposal is for a postdoc to create these electronics for this new MRI machine. The postdoc must ensure the electronics produce high quality images and do not interfere with the surgeon.