Patent Number: 6,297,634

Title: MRI magnetic field generator

Abstract: An MRI-use magnetic field generator structured such that there is no loss of magnetic field uniformity, temperature fluctuation is reduced and thermal efficiency enhanced, and the temperature of the permanent magnets can be controlled to high precision. With this invention, temperature control heaters are embedded in the base yokes of magnetic path formation members, and as a result of this structure, when the temperature control heaters are heated by a temperature regulator according to the temperature detected by a temperature sensor, the permanent magnets disposed in the vicinity of the base yokes are heated efficiently, so control follow-up is excellent. Furthermore, because the temperature control heaters are embedded inside the base yokes, and the heat generated by the heaters is conducted through the base yokes and reaches the permanent magnets directly, the heat is not diffused to the outside and lost, affording extremely efficient thermal control.

Inventors: Aoki; Masaaki (Takatsuki, JP)

Assignee: Sumitomo Special Metals Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G01R 33/38 (20060101); G01R 33/383 (20060101); G01R 33/389 (20060101); G01V 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018