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Abstract #4600

A Dedicated Coil Configuration for Hyperpolarized 129Xe Imaging at 1.5 T

Armin Purea1, Kevin Teh2, Michael Barlow2, Dominik Berthel1, Alexander Weisser1, Ian Hall3, Peter Morris2

1Rapid Biomedical GmbH, Rimpar, Germany; 2Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom; 3IPSET, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Presented are preliminary results from a novel coil configuration for 129Xe lung imaging. A non-circular birdcage was used as a transmit coil and a 8 channel receive coil were proposed. The coils were designed to utilise the bore space as much as possible to enhance patient comfort whilst not compromising the image quality. Initial images obtained using a SPGR sequence shows great promise. Scan time for lung patients will potentially decrease with the use of parallel receivers which were designed for optimum signal as much as flexibility.