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Abstract #0045

Efficient EPI Friendly 3x3 Array with Receive-Only Array Insert

Tamer S. Ibrahim1, Tiejun Zhao2, Fernando E. Boada3

1Departments of Bioengineering and Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions; 3Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh

In this work, we will examine the efficiency of Tic Tac Toe RF array designs including the original 2x2 and new 3x3 versions and extend their usefulness to become more application friendly. This will be achieved by yielding optimal SNR (through a combination with a separate 7-channel receive-only array) and by designing echo-planar imaging (EPI) compatible prototypes. The results show excellent improvement in eddy current reduction and SNR enhancement with a receive-only array insert.