Coil selection for magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical and thoracic spine using a vertical magnetic field

Acta Radiol. 1989 Mar-Apr;30(2):141-6.


In order to optimize the coil selection for cervical and thoracic spine imaging the signal characteristics of two different solenoidal surface coils (15 cm and 30 cm diameter, respectively) as well as the head coil and body coil were determined using a 0.3 T MR scanner with a vertical magnetic field. Signal-to-noise ratio curves were obtained for each coil using tube phantoms and a human-like phantom. The findings were compared with images obtained in two healthy volunteers. The head coil was found to be superior for imaging of the cranio-cervical junction while the 15 cm surface coil gave better results in the remaining part of the cervical spine and the upper thoracic spine. The body coil was superior for imaging of the thoracic region at the level of the shoulders (T4-T6) but the 30 cm surface coil was better for the more caudal part of the thoracic spine. Combined phantom and in vivo studies are also recommended for evaluation of future, improved coils.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cervical Vertebrae / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Models, Structural
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / anatomy & histology*