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Abstract #1496

A User-Configurable 96 Channel Head Array for Use in a 32 Channel 3T System

Thimo Grotz1, Boris Keil2, Azma Mareyam2, Simon Sigalovsky2, Benjamin Zahneisen1, Maxim Zaitsev1, Jrgen Hennig1, Lawrence L. Wald2

1Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Medical Physics, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 2Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States

Surface coils with a high numbers of receive elements are an important tool for many applications. Commercial scanners usually dont support such high numbers of receive elements and non-standard hardware upgrades are needed to use such arrays. We present a 3T scanner compatible 96 channel head array coil which allows the selection of an arbitrary subset of 32 receiver channels from the 96 channels available, which makes it possible to benefit from the use of small receive elements on a standard MRI system.