Steffen Sammet1, Guang Jia1, Jiachao Liang1, Francisco Aguila1, Seongjin Choi1, Jun Zhang1, Michael Vincent Knopp1
1Department of Radiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the prostate is gaining increasing importance in diagnosis, characterization and therapy planning. This study objectively assesses imaging performance of a newly available, commercial 32 channel coil system vs. a standard 8 channel coil system for prostate MRI in-vivo at 3T. Prostate MR imaging at 3T using a 32 channel coil revealed substantially improved image quality, both quantitatively and qualitatively, compared to an 8 channel coil used under identical conditions and in an intra-individual comparison. Using coils with a higher number of elements appear to help overcome some of the challenges of high field MR body applications.