Tobias Frauenrath1, Wolfgang Renz2, Jan Rieger1, Andreas Goemmel3, Christoph Butenweg3, Thoralf Niendorf1,4
1Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility, Max-Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany; 2Siemens Medical Solutions , Germany; 3Chair of Structural Statics and Dynamics, RWTH, Aachen, Germany; 4Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), Charit Campus Buch, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
MRI holds great potential for elucidating laryngeal and vocal fold anatomy together with the assessment of physiological processes associated in human phonation. However, MRI of human phonation remains very challenging due to the small size of the targeted structures, interfering signal from fat, air between the vocal folds and surrounding muscles and physiological motion. These anatomical/physiological constraints translate into stringent technical requirements in balancing, scan time, image contrast, immunity to physiological motion, temporal resolution and spatial resolution. Motivated by these challenges and limitations this study is aiming at translating the sensitivity gain at ultra-high magnetic fields for enhanced high spatial resolution 3D imaging of the larynx and vocal tract. To approach this goal a dedicated two channel TX/RX larynx coil is being proposed.