Ceramic resonators for targeted clinical magnetic resonance imaging of the breast

Alena Shchelokova, Viacheslav Ivanov, Anna Mikhailovskaya, Egor Kretov, Ivan Sushkov, Svetlana Serebryakova, Elizaveta Nenasheva, Irina Melchakova, Pavel Belov, Alexey Slobozhanyuk, Anna Andreychenko

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Currently, human magnetic resonance (MR) examinations are becoming highly specialized with a pre-defined and often relatively small target in the body. Conventionally, clinical MR equipment is designed to be universal that compromises its efficiency for small targets. Here, we present a concept for targeted clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which can be directly integrated into the existing clinical MR systems, and demonstrate its feasibility for breast imaging. The concept comprises spatial redistribution and passive focusing of the radiofrequency magnetic flux with the aid of an artificial resonator to maximize the efficiency of a conventional MR system for the area of interest. The approach offers the prospect of a targeted MRI and brings novel opportunities for high quality specialized MR examinations within any existing MR system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3840
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


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