An overview of digital spectrometers for MR imaging. Instrumentation Subcommittee of the SMRI Basic Science Council.


Journal Article

Most magnetic resonance (MR) imaging systems were originally designed with analog spectrometers, since that was the "state of the art" in the late 1970s, when they were developed. Advances in technology have allowed the design of radio-frequency electronics with a much larger percentage of digital components while the cost of such components has decreased. This has given manufacturers the incentive to develop new spectrometers that incorporate these electronics for cost reduction and potentially better performance. Upgrades and new models of MR units have become available with these so-called "digital spectrometers." Because of the interest in the new systems, the Instrumentation Subcommittee of the Basic Science Council of the Society for Magnetic Resonance Imaging has produced this report to review the basic features of analog and digital spectrometers to help the MR imaging community better understand the similarities and differences of these systems. Some details of actual commercial implementations were left out to focus on the basic features. Regardless, the authors hope they have provided a readable introduction to this important topic.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Holland, GN; MacFall, JR

Published Date

  • March 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 241 - 246

PubMed ID

  • 1562779

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1562779

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1053-1807

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jmri.1880020221


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States