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Abstract #2601

Multiple animal TEM RF coil with cylindrical cavity configuration

Heo H, Kim K, Park T, Lee S, Cho M, Kim I
Kyung Hee University

We propose a novel multiple animal RF coil to reduce the scan time in rat brain imaging studies. We developed a single-channel transverse electromagnetic (TEM) RF coil consisting of four cylindrical cavities without the noticeable degradation of SNR and homogeneity. The multiple animal RF coil is capable of simultaneous 8 rats imaging in 3.0 Tesla MRI system. As compared with the single animal RF coil, the developed multiple animal RF coil showed only 6~7% lower SNR when they were loaded with CuSO4 phantoms. With the multiple animal RF coil, we have obtained rat brain images successfully and presented the experimental results.