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Abstract #3909

A Novel Nanomaterial Coil for High Resolution Prostate Imaging

Raju Viswanathan1, Bradley Goldstein1, Kevan Anderson2, Axel Krieger3

1Tursiop Technologies, LLC, Cleveland, OH, United States; 2Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 3Sentinelle Medical Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

An emerging RF coil technology based on a new nanostructured material was recently introduced. This material can be macroscopically configured in a mechanically robust ribbon or string form comprised of carbon nanotubes. The material can provide a combination of increased inductance and reduced resistance that permits building MR receive coils with enhanced SNR. Here this is explicitly demonstrated in a prototype prostate imaging nanocoil that was built to fit into a commercial endorectal prostate imaging probe. It is shown that with a single channel nanocoil, SNR profiles similar to those from a standard but advanced dual-channel array can be generated.