Jose Antonio Muniz1,2, Malathy Elumalai1,3, Ihssan S. Masad1,2, William W. Brey1, Petr L. Gor'kov1, Samuel Colles Grant1,2
1National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States; 2Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States; 3Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, United States
The use of ultra-high magnetic fields for magnetic resonance imaging has the ability to produce data with increased SNR, higher spatial resolution and/or reduced imaging times. In order to take advantage of these benefits, the efficient design of RF coils is crucial, especially at higher frequencies. The goal of this work is to construct a transmit-receive quadrature driven saddle pair array that will provide improved SNR over similarly sized single loop surface coils and volume coils at 21.1 T. Further, the implementation of multi-channel configurations may extend these benefits to include improved homogeneity and reduced imaging times.