Tsinghua Zheng1, Craig Lawrie1, Xiaoyu Yang1, Joseph Herczak1, Paul Taylor1, Hiroyuki Fujita1,2, Takahiro Ishihara3, Kazuya Okamoto3, Sadanori Tomiha3, Kaori Togashi4, Tomohisa Okada4
1Quality Electrodynamics, LLC, Mayfield Village, OH, United States; 2Departments of Physics and Radiology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 3Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Otawara, Tochigi, Japan; 4Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
We have developed a 3-Tesla head array with an integrated local birdcage transmit coil and 32-receive surface coils for much higher spatial and temporal resolution head imaging. The coil was tested on a Toshiba 3T Atlas 32-Channel MRI System. Benchmarking with a commercially-available 1.5-Tesla 14-channel receive-only head array coil, the proposed Tx-and-32Rx head coil showed a significant improvement in image quality with respect to the SNR enhancement and much improved temporal resolution that are well expected from a higher channel count array coil.