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The quest for ultra-high fields in brain MRI: The Iseult 11.7 T Whole Body MRI

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The Iseult project is a French-German initiative focused on very high magnetic-field molecular imaging, with the goal of exploring the human brain at the mesoscopic scale and with unprecedented details. This project includes a Whole Body 11.7 T MRI installed at Neurospin, a neuroscience research center operating at CEA Saclay since November 2006. The Iseult project started in 2003 to develop the core part of the system, a superconducting magnet of 130 tons with a central aperture of 900 mm. After an extensive R&D phase and 7 years of fabrication, the Iseult magnet was delivered to CEA in June 2017. Since March 2019, the magnet is being kept continuously at 1.8K and it has reached its nominal magnetic field of 11.72T for the first time in July 2019. After 2 more years of work, the MRI delivered the first images in October 2021, and first brain images on a human volunteer are expected in 2023. This talk will summarize a 20 years odyssey to develop the largest whole body MRI ever built so far, and it will present the scientific perspectives offered by this exceptional device for neurosciences in the next decades.

This talk is part of the Bulk Superconductivity Group series.

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