Evaluation of MR-Compatibility of Electrostatic Linear Motor
This paper reports a new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) compatible actuator that can operate near an MRI without degrading its imaging quality. A high-power electrostatic motor is introduced and its MR-compatibility is examined, both experimentally and theoretically. The proposed motor was fabricated with only paramagnetic materials, and its MR-compatibility was evaluated by measuring the output performance of the motor and the signal-to-noise ratios of the MRI images. The experimental results showed that motor’s thrust force while positioned within the MRI is almost the same as that in normal operation. The signal-to-noise investigation indicated that the motor did not affect the MRI images when it was operated over 60 cm away from the MRI’s RF coil. The theoretical calculations showed that the magnetic field generated by the motor is relatively small and the effect of the MRI’s magnetic fields on the motor is negligible, suggesting that the motor is MR-compatible.