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Abstract #3015

Geometrically Decoupled Phased Array Coils for Mouse Imaging

Sahil P. Bhatia1, Yiping Guan2, Fraser Robb2, Mary P. McDougall1

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, USA; 2GE Healthcare, Aurora, OH, USA

Array coils offer several advantages in MR techniques for mouse imaging. Typical array designs use a combination of geometric and additional techniques for decoupling coil elements. A transmit/receive 4 channel volume array coil, that is purely geometrically decoupled is presented which eliminates the need for expensive isolation preamplifiers. Coil bench S parameter measurements and images of homogenous phantom are shown. Preliminary design work for a modified open configuration to facilitate the loading of animals is also presented.