Active Tonal and Broadband Noise Control for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems

DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2010
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
            6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. –  Presentation

COST FOR DINNER: $10.00 per person – Regardless of Membership or Membership Grade!


MENU SELECTIONS:   Spinach Stuffed Tomato, Fried Tilapia w/ Lemon Caper Sauce, Beef Stroganoff. Buttered Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Buttered Noodles, Salad, and Rolls, Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks. There is also a bar available for the purchase of alcoholic drinks.

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, January 26, 2010 if you plan to attend. Please leave your Name, IEEE Member Number, and a daytime telephone number.

PE CREDITS: Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.

ABOUT THE MEETING:  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful medical diagnostic tool. However, an undesirable side effect is the loud noise produced during scanning. This noise is unpleasant at best, and must be considered when determining imaging protocol to avoid the potential of harming the patient.  A research project to develop an active noise control system for MRI patients has been under way at the University of Cincinnati over the last few years. This work is a collaborative effort between the Mechanical Engineering Department and the College of Medicine’s Center for Imaging Research. It has resulted in an operational prototype that has been demonstrated during in-situ scanning, with significant reduction in sound pressure levels measured at the “patient’s” ear.

Brent W. (Bernie) Rudd, P.E., a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at UC, is a member of the research team developing the control system for MRI noise. He will share the history of the project, including background information on MRI systems, the technical challenges of developing the system, and recent results.