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Gradient Coils Inside MRI: What You Need To Know

What do you know about the gradient coils inside your MRI scanner? Gradient coils are an essential component of an MRI’s function, so today we’re going to talk a little more about them and the role they play in MRI inner-workings.

The main purpose of gradient coils is to allow spatial encoding of the MR signal. Without gradients, an imaging facility’s ability to perform “physiologic” techniques such as MR angiography, diffusion, and perfusion imaging would be lost.

So, now that you know what they’re used for, what exactly are gradient coils? Well, just inside the bore of the MRI scanner is where the gradient coils reside. They are loops of wire,

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