This paper considers the fundamental questions, such as existence and uniqueness, of a mathematical model arising in the MREIT system, which is an electrical impedance tomography technique integrated with magnetic resonance imaging. The mathematical model for MREIT is the Neumann problem of a nonlinear elliptic partial differential equation ∇ · (a(x)/|∇u(x)| ∇u(x)) = 0. We show that this Neumann problem belongs to one of two cases: either infinitely many solutions exist or no solution exists. This explains rigorously the reason why we have used the modified model in [O. Kwon, E. J. Woo, J. R. Yoon, and J. K. Seo, IEEE Trans. Biomed. Engrg., 49 (2002), pp. 160-167], which is a system of the Neumann problem associated with two different Neumann data. For this modified system, we prove a uniqueness result on the edge detection of a piecewise continuous conductivity distribution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Computational Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics