Seunghoon Ha1, Mark Jason Hamamura1, Werner W. Woeck1, Orhan Nalcioglu1, 2
1Center for Functional Onco-Imaging, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA, United States; 2Department of Cogno-Mechatronics Engineering, Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea, Republic of
Despite increasing the number of receiver coils and upgrading to higher magnetic fields, prostate MRI using the conventional torso-pelvic RF coil does not provided sufficient image quality to clearly visualize all features of interest due to the extended distance from the coil elements to the prostate region. The endorectal RF coil provides a higher SNR due to its close proximity to the prostate region, but involves invasive positioning and carefully patient monitoring to prevent excess RF power deposition. In this study, we propose a new non-invasive coil with a competitive SNR for prostate MRI and compare its performance against other commercial coils.