Flexible RF Filtering Front-End For Simultaneous Multinuclear MR Spectroscopy
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Simultaneously interrogation of multiple nuclei has been of interest since the very earliest days of MRI -. Our group and several others are revisiting this topic -. Very fast broadband electronics make it possible to digitize a wide spectrum, including multiple nuclei, but this places great demands on data throughput. Another issue is that there can be great variance between RF preamplifier gain required for the different nuclei. To overcome the data problem, it is desirable to use undersampling, but this requires passband filtering around the resonant frequency of each nuclei. Here we present a frequency agile front end that provides separate data paths for each nucleus, either from a single coil or from multiple ports, allows independent gain, filters each using very flexible transmission line filtering, and then combines them back for undersampling.
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Huang, C., Ogier, S. E., Gu, M., & Wright, S. M.