Florian M. Meise1, Armin M. Nagel1, Tobias Gotterbarm2, Sebastian Hagmann2, Manuela Rsler1, Marc-Andre Weber3, Wolfhard Semmler1, Reiner Umathum1
1Dept. of Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, BW, Germany; 2Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, BW, Germany; 3Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, BW, Germany
Investigation of integration and vitality of cartilage transplants as well as the underlying cartilage matrix are important to optimize therapeutic approaches for cartilage damage. The aim of this study was to design an SNR optimized coil system for co-registered 1H and 23Na imaging of mini-pig knee cartilage at a whole body 7 Tesla MRI scanner, without the common loss of sensitivity due to a double resonant coil design.