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Abstract #1497

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Newborns and Premature Infants at 1.5T and 3T with an 8-Channel Phased Array Head Coil

Jrn Ewald1, Florian M. Meise1, Stefan Fischer2, Torsten Hertz1, Torsten Lnneker-Lammers3, Laura Maria Schreiber2

1LMT Medical Systems GmbH, Luebeck, Germany; 2Section of Medical Physics, Department of Diagnostical and Interventional Radiology, Mainz University Medical School, Mainz, Germany; 3LMT Lammers Medical Technology GmbH, Luebeck, Germany

For a detailed understanding of diseases and developmental processes during the first year of live without harming the patient by using ionizing radiation, MRI of the neonatal brain is mandatory. So far this could be achieved by using an MR-safe. Because reduction of scan time (minimizing movement artifacts and specific absorption rate) is needed, phased array coils to apply parallel imaging techniques have to be developed. Since comparable field strength studies, for analyzing influences of image contrasts, may be performed, an 8-channel phased array head coil implemented in an MR-safe incubator was designed for 1.5T and 3T in this study.