Stephan Orzada1,2, Lena C. Schfer1,2, Andreas K. Bitz1,2, Susanne C. Ladd1,2, Mark E. Ladd1,2, Stefan Maderwald1,2
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
Since the introduction of parallel transmission techniques like transmit SENSE or RF shimming, arbitrarily shaped arrays can potentially be used for excitation. Here we present an open U-shaped 8-channel transmit/receive strip line coil for 7 Tesla MRI designed for simultaneous high-resolution and real-time joint imaging of the human ankle. The coil produced high quality, high resolution images of the moving ankle during real-time imaging using an acceleration factor of four in the phase-encoding direction.