Patient Position Detection for SAR Optimization in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Andreas Keil
  • Christian Wachinger
  • Gerhard Brinker
  • Stefan Thesen
  • Nassir Navab
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4191)


Although magnetic resonance imaging is considered to be non-invasive, there is at least one effect on the patient which has to be monitored: The heating which is generated by absorbed radio frequency (RF) power. It is described using the specific absorption rate (SAR). In order to obey legal limits for these SAR values, the scanner’s duty cycle has to be adjusted. The limiting factor depends on the patient’s position with respect to the scanner. Detection of this position allows a better adjustment of the RF power resulting in an improved scan performance and image quality. In this paper, we propose real-time methods for accurately detecting the patient’s position with respect to the scanner. MR data of thirteen test persons acquired using a new “move during scan” protocol which provides low resolution MR data during the initial movement of the patient bed into the scanner, is used to validate the detection algorithm. When being integrated, our results would enable automatic SAR optimization within the usual acquisition workflow at no extra cost.


Mahalanobis Distance Body Coil Radio Frequency Energy Visible Human Project Safe Magnetic Resonance Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Keil
    • 1
    • 3
  • Christian Wachinger
    • 1
  • Gerhard Brinker
    • 2
  • Stefan Thesen
    • 2
  • Nassir Navab
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures (CAMP)TU MunichGermany
  2. 2.Siemens Medical SolutionsErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Chirurgische Klinik und Poliklinik, Klinikum InnenstadtMunichGermany

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