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Abstract #0102

element Design for Increased Sensitivity in 64-Channel Wide-Field-Of-View Microscopy

Chieh-Wei Chang1, Steve M. Wright2, Mary Preston McDougall1,2

1Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; 2Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA

Single Echo Acquisition (SEA) has decreased imaging time dramatically through the implementation of 64 channel array elements to provide spatial localization in the phase encode direction. Previous versions of the array coil employed a planar pair design. This coil design does not afford the SNR values and imaging depth needed to pursue high-resolution applications such as wide-field-of-view microscopy. In this work, a raised-leg coil design was implemented as a variation of the planar pair coil, and improvements in SNR and imaging depth were attained. Future coil modifications will seek to maintain imaging speed while moving into high-resolution applications.