Tomasz Dawid Lindel1, Andreas Greiser2, Patrick Waxmann1, Martin Dietterle1, Frank Seifert1, Ulrich Fontius2, Wolfgang Renz2, Matthias Alexander Dieringer3, 4, Tobias Frauenrath3, Jeanette Schulz-Menger5, Thoralf Niendorf3, 5, Bernd Ittermann1
1Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig & Berlin, Germany; 2Siemens AG Healthcare Sector, Erlangen, Germany; 3Berlin Ultrahighfield Facility (B.U.F.F.), Max-Delbrck-Centrum fr Molekulare Medizin, Berlin, Germany; 4CharitUniversittsmedizin Berlin, Campus Buch, Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC),, Berlin, Germany; 5CharitUniversittsmedizin Berlin, Campus Buch, Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), Berlin, Germany
The feasibiltiy of cardiac MRI at 7T using a transmit array was demonstrated. A software solution was implemented for synchronizing the independent array CPUs with the cardiac trigger and CINE images were acquired with a modified product sequence for cardiovascular imaging. Using the 7T system in Tx array or single channel mode with hardwired phase settings produced identical image quality. In this proof-of-principle study the Tx array was used for static B1 shimming only but the concept permits dynamic applications like transmit SENSE as well.