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Abstract #2806

Signal Characterization of a Novel Two-Channel Rigid Endorectal Coil for MR Imaging of the Prostate

Niranjan Venugopal1,2, Axel Krieger3, Herve Momo Jeufnack4, Ken Bradshaw4, Boyd McCurdy5, Lawrence Ryner6

1Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 2Medical Physics, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 3Sentinelle Medical, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 4Sentinelle Medical Inc.; 5Medical Physic, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; 6National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

We present a comparison of a newly designed dual-channel, rigid endorectal coil for both imaging and spectroscopic imaging of the prostate with a standard, single-channel, inflatable endorectal coil, demonstrating a SNR improvement of up to ~500% in the near-coil area (where the prostate peripheral zone is located), and up to ~150% at depth (where the prostate central zone is located). This huge SNR improvement allows for greatly improved MR/MRSI imaging of the prostate.