Bei Zhang1, Graham Wiggins1, Qi Duan1, Daniel K. Sodickson1
1Radiology, Center for Biomedical Imaging, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Recently the use of traveling waves for high field MRI has been suggested as a promising method for large FOV imaging and comparatively uniform excitation. In the traveling wave system, conventional volume coils and surface coils used as the transmitter/receiver are replaced by a patch antenna, a kind of directional electromagnetic antenna, placed a considerable distance from the sample. Here, we provide details of our experience in the practical design of a patch antenna, and document its properties for traveling wave generation in a 7 Tesla scanner bore.