Monday, March 22, 2010

US Patent 7679364 - CNT material for high gain MRI

This patent from Tursiop Technologies teaches a system using the high electrical conductivity of carbon nanotubes to enhance the efficiency of magnetic field production in MRIs. Claim 1 reads:

1. A magnetic resonance imaging system having an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio, the system comprising:

a magnet system for providing a static magnetic field; and

at least one RF receiving coil assembly, the RF receiving coil assembly including:

at least one RF receiving coil constructed at least partly from an electrical conducting element consisting essentially of layered carbon nanotube material; and

RF receiving circuitry having a maximized quality factor.