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Abstract #3836

0-Tesla Transmit and 32-Channel Receive Head Array Coil

Tsinghua Zheng1, Craig Lawrie1, Xiaoyu Yang1, Joseph Herczak1, Paul Taylor1, Hiroyuki Fujita1,2, Takahiro Ishihara3, Kazuya Okamoto3, Sadanori Tomiha3, Kaori Togashi4, Tomohisa Okada4

1Quality Electrodynamics, LLC, Mayfield Village, OH, United States; 2Departments of Physics and Radiology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 3Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Otawara, Tochigi, Japan; 4Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan

We have developed a 3-Tesla head array with an integrated local birdcage transmit coil and 32-receive surface coils for much higher spatial and temporal resolution head imaging. The coil was tested on a Toshiba 3T Atlas 32-Channel MRI System. Benchmarking with a commercially-available 1.5-Tesla 14-channel receive-only head array coil, the proposed Tx-and-32Rx head coil showed a significant improvement in image quality with respect to the SNR enhancement and much improved temporal resolution that are well expected from a higher channel count array coil.