Predicting RF field penetration in heterogeneous bodies using a 3-D finite element approach: Preliminary results
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We present preliminary results for a 3D finite element calculation to evaluate RF penetration in conducting dielectric materials at high field strengths. A tetrahedral mesh is used along with a Coulomb gauge constraint in a finite element method that yields excellent numerical stability at high frequencies. Accuracy is verified by comparisons with analytic solutions for single-layer and multiple-layer heterogeneous systems and for a 3D spherical model. We have also compared the finite element model with experimental results presented by Foo et al., Magn. Reson. Med. 23, (1992). Agreement is very good and argues for the usefulness of the method in the calculation of RF penetration and RF power deposition effects in heterogeneous objects.
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