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Abstract #0641

An 8-Channel TX, 16-Channel RX Flexible Body Coil at 7 Tesla Using Both Branches of Centrally Fed Strip Lines as Individual Receive Elements

Stephan Orzada1,2, Stefan Maderwald1,2, Mark Oehmigen1, Mark E. Ladd1,2, Klaus Solbach3, Andreas K. Bitz1,2

1Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen, NRW, Germany; 2Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany; 3High Frequency Engineering, University Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, NRW, Germany

To further increase the capabilities of centrally fed strip line elements, they can be split up into two branches for reception, thereby doubling the number of elements. In this work a flexible body coil with 8 transmit and 16 receive channels built from centrally fed strip line elements with meanders is presented for imaging at 7 Tesla. The new array shows enhanced parallel imaging performance, while good decoupling and transmit penetration are maintained.