Bilateral Surface Coil for Lower Extremity Imaging at 3T
Morrisett J, Brown R, Wang Y, Lee R
For lower extremity applications, it is advantageous to acquire data using a dedicated coil. We introduce an eight-channel array for imaging at 3T. The array consists of four surface coils wrapped azimuthally around each leg. It is tailored to the geometry of the lower extremity and offers improved sensitivity compared to standard coils as well as simultaneous imaging of both legs to reduce scan time. Three volunteers were imaged to examine the superficial femoral arteries. The study demonstrated that surface coils can be utilized for bilateral lower extremity imaging.