In this work, a
12-channel rhesus head coil array for functional magnetic resonance imaging
(fMRI) was designed, constructed and evaluated by imaging experiments in
phantom studies and in-vivo studies. Compared to a commercially available
12-channel knee coil, the proposed 12-channel rhesus head coil provides
improved performance not only in SNR and parallel imaging capability, but also
in temporal SNR (tSNR) in resting-state fMRI studies.