Sergey Cheshkov1, 2, Ivan E. Dimitrov1, 3, Wouter Koning4, Joseph Rispoli5, Mary P. McDougall5, 6, Steve Wright, 56, Craig R. Malloy1, 2
1Advanced Imaging Research Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, United States; 2Radiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, United States; 3Philips Medical Systems, Cleaveland, OH, United States; 4UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, CX, Netherlands; 5Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, United States; 6Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, United States
Ultra-high field MR offers the promise of higher spatial/temporal resolutions in imaging, and improved sensitivity and quantification in MRS. Capitalizing on these advantages requires resolving the issues of decreased B1 homogeneity. We report on improved B1 homogeneity at 7T achieved by combining the flexibility of 2-channel parallel transmission with the insensitivity to loading of Forced Current Excitation breast coil. The overall transmit design is favorable for high quality breast imaging at high static magnetic field. Additionally, because of its insensitivity to coil loading this approach may allow for better patient throughput since breast size and composition vary widely across population.