A computer simulation of the static magnetic field distribution in the human head

Magn Reson Med. 1995 Aug;34(2):268-75. doi: 10.1002/mrm.1910340219.


Distortion of the static magnetic field inside the human head is dependent on regional tissue susceptibility variations and geometrical shape. These effects result in resonance line broadening and frequency shifts and consequently, intensity and spatial errors in both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy. To calculate the field distortion due to the susceptibility's geometry, two dimensional (2D) finite element analysis was applied to simulate the field distribution in a 2D model of the human head, placed in a uniform magnetic field. The model contains air-filled cavities and sinuses, and the remainder is treated as water. The magnetic field deviation was evaluated using gray scale plots and histograms of the magnetic field. The shifts in parts/million and broadening of the histograms correspond to the NMR of the sampled region. The field distribution of the human head was also experimentally mapped using the DANTE tagging sequence. The calculated and experimental field maps are in good agreement. Thus, geometric considerations with uniform susceptibilities are sufficient to explain most of the static magnetic field distribution in the human head.

MeSH terms

  • Air
  • Algorithms
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / physiology
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Esophagus / anatomy & histology
  • Esophagus / physiology
  • Frontal Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Frontal Lobe / physiology
  • Head / anatomy & histology
  • Head / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Magnetics*
  • Models, Biological*
  • Models, Structural
  • Neck / anatomy & histology
  • Neck / physiology
  • Nose / anatomy & histology
  • Nose / physiology
  • Occipital Lobe / anatomy & histology
  • Occipital Lobe / physiology
  • Paranasal Sinuses / anatomy & histology
  • Paranasal Sinuses / physiology
  • Pharynx / anatomy & histology
  • Pharynx / physiology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Water


  • Water