Bart Steensma1, Dennis Klomp1, Nico van den Berg1, Peter Luijten1, Abe van der Werf2, and Alexander Raaijmakers1
The forward view antenna has been introduced
as a novel antenna for ultrahigh field imaging. This study has investigated its
potential for prostate imaging where the antenna is placed between the legs, to
contribute as an additional element of an existing dipole antenna transceiver array.
A significant increase in
signal-to-noise ratio is expected because of the generally smaller distance
towards the prostate from this side. Numerical simulations and in vivo scans
show that signal-to-noise ratio in the prostate region increases as a result
of adding the forward view antenna to the dipole antenna array.