US 11,051,711 B2
Noninvasive determination of electrical properties of tissues and materials using magnetic resonance measurements
Riccardo Lattanzi, New York, NY (US); Daniel K. Sodickson, New York, NY (US); José E. Cruz Serralles, Cambridge, MA (US); Athanasios Polymeridis, Moscow (RU); Luca Daniel, Cambridge, MA (US); and Jacob K. White, Cambridge, MA (US)
Assigned to New York University, New York, NY (US)
Filed by NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY (US)
Filed on Apr. 21, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/494,384.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/326,569, filed on Apr. 22, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2017/0303813 A1, Oct. 26, 2017
Int. Cl. A61B 5/055 (2006.01); G01R 33/46 (2006.01); A61B 1/00 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); G01R 33/48 (2006.01); G01R 33/24 (2006.01); G01R 33/56 (2006.01)
CPC A61B 5/055 (2013.01) [A61B 1/00011 (2013.01); A61B 5/0004 (2013.01); A61B 5/0013 (2013.01); G01R 33/246 (2013.01); G01R 33/4616 (2013.01); G01R 33/48 (2013.01); G01R 33/56 (2013.01); A61B 2576/02 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method for determining at least one electrical property of at least one target, comprising:
transmitting, to the at least one target, a plurality of stimulations via one or more transmitters,
measuring signals associated with the stimulated target,
processing the measured signals to obtain electromagnetic field-related quantities,
generating a numerical model of incident electromagnetic fields of the one or more transmitters,
using the numerical model to calculate a first simulated electromagnetic field distribution in the at least one target based on initially estimated or otherwise assigned values of electrical properties of the at least one target,
generating simulated electromagnetic field-related quantities from the first simulated electromagnetic field distribution,
evaluating whether a difference between the electromagnetic field-related quantities obtained from processing of the measured signals and the simulated electromagnetic field-related quantities generated from the first simulated electromagnetic field distribution exceeds a threshold, and
when the difference exceeds the threshold:
using the numerical model to calculate a second simulated electromagnetic field distribution after adjusting one or more estimated values of electrical properties of the at least one target,
generating simulated electromagnetic field-related quantities from the second simulated electromagnetic field distribution, and
evaluating whether a difference between the electromagnetic field-related quantities obtained from processing of the measured signals and the simulated electromagnetic field-related quantities generated from the second simulated electromagnetic field distribution exceeds the threshold,
iteratively performing one or more of the above steps until the difference is less than or equal to the threshold.