Can Akgun1, Lance DelaBarre1, Ute Goerke1, Carl J. Snyder1, Jutta Ellerman1, Kamil Ugurbil1, John Thomas Vaughan1
1University of Minnesota-Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Minneapolis, MN, USA
An application that can benefit from high SNR of high fields (7T and above) is musculoskeletal imaging (MSK). The ability to see structures as fine as cartilage can prove to be valuable when evaluating the knee for morphology. We present a robust 8 channel transceiver array coil with a Faraday cage structure to eliminate the impact of the other knee in the FOV. Imaging results obtained with this coil at 7T for the knee are presented. Initial results demonstrate high resolution in knee imaging can be achieved taking advantage of the gain in SNR at ultrahigh magnetic field.