Huidong Gu1, Feng Zhang1, Yanfeng Meng1, Bensheng Qiu1, Xiaoming Yang1
1Image-Guided Bio-Molecular Intervention Researchers, Department of Radiology, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine; University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, United States
Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is the main cause of heart attack. Unlike plaques in carotid arteries, the atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries are difficult to be detected using conventional MRI techniques with surface coils. To solve this problem, a 0.014-inch intracoronary MR imaging-guidewire (a loopless RF coil) was invented, which enabled to generate intracoronary MRI at 1.5T and interventions under MRI guidance. In this study, we developed a 0.014-inch anti-solenoid loop coil, an alternative to the loopless coil which might be used for generating intracoronary high-resolution 3.0T MRI and interventions.