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Abstract #2484

Extend Your Conventional Animal MRI to a Microimaging System

Hans Weber1, Dominik Paul1, Jrgen Hennig1, Dominik von Elverfeldt1

1Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Medical Physics, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

MR microscopy offers the great potential to apply anatomical, functional and spectroscopic MR techniques to small objects or small regions of interest with high SNR. With the Coil-on-a-Chip technology (BrukerBioSpin AG, Switzerland), highly sensitive microcoils are available on the market for high resolution imaging in NMR spectrometers. In this work, we show that these microcoils can be integrated and used in a conventional animal MRI system without any changes in hardware architecture, resulting in images with high SNR and high resolution.