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Abstract #3841

A 16 Channel Radio Frequency Anterior Neck Coil for Imaging of the Cervical Carotid Bifurcation

Quinn Tate1, Laura C. Bell2, Seong-Eun Kim2, Emilee Minalga2, Dennis L. Parker2, J. Rock Hadley2

1Radiology-UCAIR, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States; 2Radiology - UCAIR, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

A 16 channel recieve only coil was constructed in order to meet the need for greater relative signal to noise ratio (rSNR) at the carotid bifurcation as well as increased coverage of the anatomy, and improved parallel imaging performance. Current 4 channel coils provide acceptable rSNR. However, the 4 channel coil has a limited field of view which can require repositioning. The 16 channel coil increases the S/I FOV while significantly increasing the rSNR along the vessel compared to the 4 channel coil. This coil also enables Reduction factors of R=2 and 3, reducing possible image artifacts from motion