Niranjan Venugopal1,2, Axel Krieger3,
Herve Momo Jeufnack4, Ken Bradshaw4, Boyd McCurdy5,
1Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 2Medical Physics, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 3Sentinelle Medical, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 4Sentinelle Medical Inc.; 5Medical Physic, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 6National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
We present a comparison of a newly designed dual-channel, rigid endorectal coil for both imaging and spectroscopic imaging of the prostate with a standard, single-channel, inflatable endorectal coil, demonstrating a SNR improvement of up to ~500% in the near-coil area (where the prostate peripheral zone is located), and up to ~150% at depth (where the prostate central zone is located). This huge SNR improvement allows for greatly improved MR/MRSI imaging of the prostate.