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Abstract #2572

3D RF Coil Modeling Method and Its Application in Optimized SENSE Coil Design

Chen G, Muftuler L, Nalcioglu O
University of California, Irvine

A new RF coil modeling method was investigated to achieve the more flexible and reasonable constrain to the SENSE coil array optimization problem. In this new method the RF coil is confined in a 3D volume near the object rather than a 2D cylinder surface as in the conventional approach. Simulation results showed that the optimized coil array with the new modeling method has significant improvements on the average SENSE SNR, SENSE SNR uniformity and average and maximum g-factor compared with that of the optimized RF coil array modeled on a 2D cylinder surface.