MRI scanner vibration path analysis
2013 (English)In: 20th International Congress on Sound and Vibration 2013 (ICSV 20), Curran Associates, Inc., 2013, Vol. 4, 3560-3567 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner is one of the most important tools in clinical diagnostics. MRI scanners are associated by strong vibration which results in unpleasant and disturbing acoustic noise. The primary source of this vibration is the Lorentz force produced by fast switching of the currents inside the gradient coils of MRI scanners under a strong static magnetic field. During an MR-imaging scan the switching is controlled in order to spatially code the hydrogen nuclei that will generate the signal, which is reconstructed into anatomical images. Faster switching of the currents allows for shorter scan times and/or higher image resolutions. Consequently, the clinical quality has motivated the drive for shorter switching time and higher currents. This development, however, has also caused an undesired increase of MRI vibrations. The overall vibration phenomenon of an installed fully functional MRI scanner system becomes unique because of the installed location and ambiance. This vibration can potentially degrade the image quality and hence the diagnosis. Apart from the vibration produced, the associated annoying acoustic noise may not only affect the patients under examination and the clinical staff, but may also be transmitted to other parts of the building and causing discomfort for the personnel working there. In order to devise an effective isolation plan or improve an existing one both for vibration and acoustic noise it is important to study the noise and vibration transfer paths. This paper concerns an investigation of vibration transfer paths for vibration excited by an installed functional MRI scanner at a medical facility. The vibration transfer paths have been investigated experimentally. The obtained results are presented and discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Curran Associates, Inc., 2013. Vol. 4, 3560-3567 p.
Research subject Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Mechanical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61838ISBN: 9781629931500 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61838DiVA: diva2:1084870
ICSV20 - The Twentieth International Congress on Sound and Vibration, Bangkok, Thailand, July 07-11, 2013