Bei Zhang1, Ryan Brown1, Chris Wiggins2, Daniel K. Sodickson1, Bernd Stoeckel3, Graham Wiggins1
1Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY10016, USA; 2CEA/NeuroSpin, Saclay, France; 3Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc, New York, NY, USA
We present a 7T coil system which allows the head to be rotated by greater than 90 degrees to investigate the effect of orientation upon the T2* contrast and B0 distribution in the brain. A patch antenna is used to create traveling wave excitation. The subject is placed in the sphinx position with face towards the patch antenna. A six-element U-shaped receive coil was built to wrap over the crown of the head providing high enough SNR for high resolution T2* imaging. Imaging in regular supine position was also done for comparison.