Kyle M. Gilbert1, Joseph S. Gati1, Ravi S. Menon1
1Robarts Research Institute, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
By replacing a head-only gradient coil in a neurology-dedicated scanner with a single-sided gradient coil, the functionality of the scanner can be extended to include localized imaging within the torso. As a prototype, a cradle-shaped gradient coil was designed, fabricated, and tested in a 9.4-T animal scanner. A dedicated three-dimensional algorithm was developed to correct for non-linear image distortion.