Patent Number: 7,132,829

Title: NMR RF coils with improved low-frequency efficiency

Abstract: According to one aspect, the low-frequency (e.g. lock channel) performance of a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) saddle-shaped, distributed-capacitance radio-frequency (RF) coil is improved by connecting a pair of auxiliary inductors across a plurality of leads extending upward from the coil upper ring. The upward-extending leads can be formed from the same foil as a main coil structure. The auxiliary inductors are separated from the coil window, so that magnetic susceptibility discontinuities introduced by the auxiliary inductors can be compensated for. In one embodiment, two half-toroid auxiliary inductors are positioned to form a full toroid shape. Some lost high-frequency performance can be recovered by using a split capacitance band positioned over the lower coil ring. The split capacitance band allows capacitance tuning while maintaining an RF current path close to the coil window.

Inventors: Hudson; Alexander M J (San Francisco, CA), Mehr; Knut G. (San Francisco, CA)

Assignee: Varian, Inc.

International Classification: G01V 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00