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Adaptation of Open Source PULSEQ Pulse Sequence Writing Toolbox for Varian Compatibility
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The current status of education, within the field of magnetic resonance imaging, is largely dependent on the system being employed. In particular, the pulse sequence programming software is often system specific. Due to this specificity, there is often a shift in focus when it comes to teaching pulse sequence programming: instead of the focus being on the pulse sequence writing itself, it is often focused on the system specific software and languages. While this may not prove to be a particular issue within industry, when it comes to introducing pulse sequence programming to students and potential members of the field, it is less desirable to provide system specific skills rather than those that can be applied across all platform. This thesis seeks to introduce a new interpreter module for the open source pulse sequence programming toolbox, Pulseq. At Texas A&M Universities Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratory, there are two 4.7T Varian scanners presently employed for both research and education applications. Varian systems are now considered legacy systems as they are no longer actively developed or supported. Given this status, it becomes difficult to justify students continuing to learn pulse sequence programming in the Varian language. By introducing an interpreter module that allows for students to write pulse sequence files using Pulseq, and in turn generate Varian compatible scripts, students can develop skills that are both platform independent, as well as marketable within the MR industry.
Bauer, Courtney Clary (2018). Adaptation of Open Source PULSEQ Pulse Sequence Writing Toolbox for Varian Compatibility. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from