Reliable RF B/E-Field Probes for Time-Domain Monitoring of em Exposure during Medical Device Testing
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
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This paper presents electric and magnetic probes to measure radio frequency (RF) electric and magnetic fields for measuring the time-varying RF fields used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A small single loop (2 cm) and short dipole antenna (2 cm) were developed to monitor the near field magnetic and electric exposure during the medical device testing. Theoretical analysis for each designed probe was performed to convert the real time receive signals to the exposed electric and magnetic field. Probes in this paper were tuned and matched at center frequency of 127.6 MHz for 3T MRI scanners to improve the accuracy and sensitivity. Different cables were designed to reduce the E-field pick up and achieving the most accurate measurement setup. Probes were fabricated on a single sided printed circuit board, FR4 of thickness 1.57 mm and a copper thickness of 35μm. The measured S-parameters of the magnetic and electric field probes show less than-44 and-45 dB return loss at 127.6-MHz center frequency of the RF Birdcage.