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Abstract #2990

4-Channel Transceive Surface Coil Array for Reduction of EPI-Induced Artifacts Using SENSE and GRAPPA

Samuel O. Oduneye1,2, Craig K. Jones2, Ravi S. Menon2,3

1Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada; 2Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada; 3Department of Medical Biophysics, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

EPI-induced artifacts are an obvious detriment to image quality and a challenge for most fMRI studies. With a multi-channel surface coil array, parallel imaging can be used to accelerate image acquisition and decrease EPI-induced artifacts. Here we present a novel high field transmit-receive surface coil array for small animal imaging at 9.4T. The coil is designed for parallel imaging and to determine the feasibility of EPI-induced artifacts reduction at 9.4T.