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FEKO for Healthcare

RF Performance and Safety for Devices and Systems

FEKO, Altair’s comprehensive electromagnetic simulation software, is ideal for the simulation of field
interactions of antennas near or inside anatomical loads. Applications vary from magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) coil design, body worn devices and implant telemetry, through to surgical tools such as biopsy
needle antennas. Simulations early in the design, where homogenous phantoms are typically sufficient, are
solved efficiently with the method of moments (MoM). Later in the design, realistic anatomical loads are
simulated using either the finite difference time domain (FDTD) or the hybrid MoM/FEM solver. The complete
FEKO solver offering provides approaches for each design stage, from conceptual investigations through to
accurate prediction of the radio frequency (RF) and safety performance of the final system.

Solution Highlights
• Straightforward simulation of antennas • Transfer function calculations of complex • System/device performance studies
near or inside the human body detailed implant lead geometries for for patient variation, for example
• Antenna design (for example Bluetooth, MRI compatibility position, posture, gender, age, height
NFC) and integration for fitness/wear- • RF and safety performance including and BMI
able devices efficiency, gain, averaged specific • Simultaneous multiport matching circuit
• Fast and accurate design of MRI systems absorption rate (SAR) and estimated link design with Optenni Lab
with homogenous loads using the MoM budget • Cross-validation strategies using multiple
solvers

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Healthcare Capabilities
• Automated optimization engine for
antenna design
• Triangles are better suited for meshing
curved metallic geometries
• Curvilinear wire meshes ideal for
simulation of complex implant lead
geometries
• Efficient treatment of high Q structures
with frequency domain solvers
• Choice of two solvers for anatomical
3D radiation pattern of Bluetooth antenna alone (left) and antenna radiation pattern with full device
models – the accuracy of the finite
including an arm model (center). Electric near fields (vertical cut) of the antenna in the device and an
element method (FEM) meshes versus
arm model (right)
the low computational requirements of
the FDTD method
• A variety of different anatomical models
are available with tetrahedron and voxel
meshes
• Standard MRI performance parameters –
rotational B1 fields, averaged SAR
• Lua script implementation of the Pennes
bioheat equation for calculating the
temperature increase
Interfaces
• Most industry standard CAD software and
ODB++, 3Di and Gerber layouts
• Mesh importing
• Interface with HyperMesh and HyperStudy Accurate MRI coil performance simulation using the hybrid MoM/FEM or FDTD solvers: simulated B1 field
• Near field and far field import including maps for a 3T 7-element spinal array (left) and 7T birdcage head coil (right). The anatomical models were
general, Orbit/Satimo and Sigirity provided by humanbodymodels.com.
• Optenni Lab for antenna matching circuit
design
• Touchstone, SPICE circuits and non-
radiating networks
General Capabilities
• Comprehensive suite of accurate,
powerful, reliable and parallelized solvers
with true hybrization, including MoM,
MLFMM, FEM, FDTD, PO, LE-PO, RL-GO
and UTD
• Complete HPC and GPU features
• 3D parametric environment modelling
• Extensive post-processing capabilities The E-field distribution in the vicinity of the antenna of a cardiac pacemaker
• Integrated Lua scripting environment for (left) and the near field and far field radiation patterns for the pacemaker device
data manipulation and task automation simulated with an anatomical phantom (right)

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