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NEW NON-MAGNETIC MCX CONNECTORS SAVE SPACE IN MRI EQUIPMENT

Radiall has released non-magnetic versions of its MCX line of miniature coaxial connectors. With a frequency range from DC to 6 GHz, the non-magnetic connectors’ small size make them well suited to newer, compact magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment for hands, feet, or knees where space is at a premium. The non-magnetic materials mean the connectors do not distort the magnetic field produced by the coils which allows higher signal-to-noise ratios and higher image quality.

The connectors use low permittivity materials to achieve a magnetic susceptibility of 10-5, about three orders of magnitude lower than brass/nickel connectors (10-2)—resulting in an extremely low distortion of the magnetic fields.

The non-magnetic MCX line includes straight and right-angle board-mount receptacles and cable-mount plugs for RG-178 and RG-316 cable.

Plug connectors are available with limited or full detents. For high-vibration environments characteristic of MRI machines, full- detent plugs maintain excellent electrical and mechanical performance. The connectors meet the vibration requirements of EIA-364-28 with 20 g at 2000 Hz in Highly Accelerated Aging Tests (equivalent to MIL-STD-202, Method 204, Condition D).

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