Shimming-Toolbox, a multi-vendor tool to perform magnetic resonance imaging B0 shimming experiments
MRI is one of the most popular non-invasive technologies for imaging soft tissue. An MRI system consists of a strong magnetic field that needs to be homogeneous in order to avoid loss of image quality, especially in the spinal cord. A procedure, called ‘shimming’, ensures a homogeneous field. Complex shimming technologies have been developed to improve image quality. However, these complex technologies require dedicated, end to end shimming software. Our lab has recently introduced the Shimming Toolbox (https://shimming-toolbox.org), which is an open-source software toolkit to prototype, perform and validate traditional and more experimental shimming strategies. The objective of this research project is to develop a fully automated method to perform shimming of the main magnetic field that is modular and applicable to multiple scanner manufacturers using various different techniques and demonstrate its application in the spinal cord. This end-to-end will be implemented on Philips’ MRI scanners.