Shinya Handa1, Matthew Finnerty1, Craig I. Lawrie1, Tsinghua Zheng1, Xiaoyu Yang1, Joseph Herczak1, Hiroyuki Fujita1, 2, John A. Carrino3, Filippo Del Grande3, Guarav K. Thawait3, Sahar J. Farahani3
1Quality Electrodynamics, Mayfield Village, OH, United States; 2Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 3Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States
A transmit and 16 channel receive array coil for hand/wrist imaging at 3.0 Tesla was constructed and tested. The coil consists of an elliptical 8 rung birdcage coil for transmitting and an array of 16 independent loops for receiving. Initial phantom and volunteer imaging results demonstrated that the coil had excellent image quality, coverage of FOV, and required significantly less transmit power than an existing receive only coil.