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Abstract #3934

Curved Gradient Coil Designs for Anatomically Specific Imaging Applications

Chad Tyler Harris1, William B. Handler1, Blaine Alexander Chronik1

1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

We have implemented a boundary element method to design and analyze the performance of curved gradient coil geometries as a function of the degree of curvature over all three axes, varying continuously from planar to full cylindrical. A form of curved gradient coil could serve as anatomically-specific gradient channels to be used in conjunction with whole-body coils to comprise a 4- to 6-channel hybrid system. The function of the anatomically-specific channels could include the ability to provide very high performance diffusion weighted imaging in a specified volume of tissue such as the breast, prostate, or posterior regions of the brain.