Multiple Slice Images by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Original Publication Date: 1985-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
A general-purpose nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging system can be operated in a specialized mode to first excite a relatively broad slice within a body being imaged, and then to apply spatial encoding methods of 3-dimensional Fourier imaging to obtain images from multiple planes within such slice. This is done by adding a weak slice-selecting gradient to a 3-dimensional Fourier experiment. As shown in Fig. 1, the NMR imaging system includes a data processing system 10 and an NMR spectrometer 11. System 10 exerts the primary control over operation of the imaging system and through which an operator would interact. Information for running an experiment is loaded from system 10 into three microprocessors 12-14.