A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is provided. The MRI system can include a magnetic field device to generate a magnetic field within a measurement volume and to generate a magnetic fringe field external to the measurement volume. The MRI system can include a ferromagnetic housing to envelop the magnetic field device. The housing can have a first portion and a second portion, where thickness of the first portion is different from thickness of the second portion. The MRI system can include a plate having a plate opening and positioned external to the housing at a predetermined distance from the housing. In some embodiments, the magnetic fringe field generated by the MRI system can be asymmetric with respect to a center of the measurement volume.