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J Magn Reson Imaging. 2000 Jul;12(1):30-6.

Radiofrequency energy-induced heating during MR procedures: a review.

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Department of Radiology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles 90045, USA.


During an MR procedure, most of the transmitted RF power is transformed into heat within the patient's tissue as a result of resistive losses. Not surprisingly, the primary bioeffects associated with the RF radiation used for MR procedures are directly related to the thermogenic qualities of this electromagnetic field. This review article discusses the characteristics of RF energy-induced heating associated with MR procedures, with an emphasis on thermal and other physiologic responses observed in human subjects.

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