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Abstract #3911

High Resolution Mouse Imaging Using a Liquid Nitrogen Cooled Receive Only Coil on a 3T Clinical Scanner

Bobo Hu1, Gopal Varma2, Stephen Keevil2, Chris Randell3, Paul Glover4

1Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre , University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; 2St Thomass Hospital, Kings College, London, United Kingdom; 3Pulseteq Ltd., Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom; 4Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

The performance of a liquid nitrogen cooled receive-only copper coil to acquire micron scale high resolution mouse imaging on a 3T whole body scanner is investigated. In this work a novel cryostat design, which provides easy access for small animal samples, is described. The receive coil is a 2 cm diameter copper coil with active decoupling during transmission. The Q factor of the coil has been enhanced by 60% after cooling down for 1 hour to reach 120 K, and the SNR performance has increased by 2 fold compared with the room temperature version of the same coil.