MR-compatible silicon brass for magnetic resonance guided biopsy application

Jun Li, Yibin Ren, Muhammad Ibrahim, Songbai Li, Ke Yang

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This study was an attempt to see the possibility of a silicon brass for application in high field MR-guided biopsy application. The α + β phases silicon brass was found to have matched strength and toughness, and also showed acceptable corrosion resistance and Cu ion dissolution in short-term immersion test. It was found that silicon brass presented diamagnetic property with a low volume magnetic susceptibility, which is possible to reduce the magnetic susceptibility artifact (MSA). The artifact of silicon brass showed slightly larger than pure copper, but much less than pure titanium, located in both parallel and perpendicular to the direction of a 3-T magnetic field used in fast spin echo (FSE) scan sequence. In conclusion, the silicon brass is a promising material for application of high field MR-guided biopsy needles.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-164
Number of pages3
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-06-08
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31370976). We would like to thank Prof. Xixiang Zhang of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for measuring the magnetic susceptibility.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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