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Abstract #2586

A clover leaf coil array for neonatal cardiac imaging at 3T

Hajnal J, Larkman D, Foran A, Edwards D, Herlihy D, Fitzpatrick J
Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London

Cardiac MRI of neonates presents a number of special challenges including imaging at high resolution and with a small field of view because of the small size of the neonatal heart. These factors suggest that use of higher field scanners may be beneficial, since they allow improved signal strength and the usual problems associated with torso imaging are likely to be reduced by the small size of the subject. We have therefore designed and tested a dedicated neonatal cardiac coil of clover leaf design for use at 3T