Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Benjamin Hardy

Graduate Student

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My research focuses on MR hardware and simulation for low and ultrahigh field imaging, Dense Tx Arrays for brain imaging at 7 Tesla, novel single element coil designs, and the effects of intersubject variability on safety and pulse design.


Presently designing a dense Tx array with RF shim capabilities for brain imaging. Simulations are tailored to shed light on the tradeoff between increased degrees of freedom and field B1+ field inhomogeneity. The physical design will compromise between the difficulty of building such a coil (coupling, power constraints, etc.) and its ability to shim with realistic intersubject variability. Also I?m considering a library of head models in silico and looking to quantify how different SAR and the B1 field can in the scanning environment.


Xu, J, Jiang, X, Li, H, et al. Magnetic resonance imaging of mean cell size in human breast tumors. Magn Reson Med. 2020; 83: 2002? 2014.