Hector Sanchez-Lopez

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MRI can be combined with other systems, such as linear accelerators (LINACs) to provide image-guided therapy. However, in some configurations this requires splitting the MRI scanner to provide a central gap large enough to ensure dual access for the accelerator and the patient. This raises technical difficulties for maintaining a high gradient coil(More)
MRI-LINAC is a new image-guided radiotherapy treatment system that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a linear accelerator (LINAC) in a single unit. One drawback is that the pulsing of the split gradient coils of the system induces an electric field and currents in the patient which need to be predicted and evaluated for patient safety. In this(More)
Splitting a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet into two halves can provide a central region to accommodate other modalities, such as positron emission tomography (PET). This approach, however, produces challenges in the design of the gradient coils in terms of gradient performance and fabrication. In this paper, the impact of a central gap in a split(More)
Split magnet systems for hybrid imaging, such as positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MRI) and Radiotherapy-MRI, require gradient coils designed with similar shapes as their corresponding main magnet. This introduces challenges in the gradient coil design of good performance and manufacturing. In this paper the effect of the gap size(More)
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