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Abstract #4930

SAR Benefits of Including E-Field Interactions in Parallel RF Pulse Design

Cem Murat Deniz1,2, Leeor Alon1,2, Riccardo Lattanzi1,2, Daniel K. Sodickson1, Yudong Zhu1

1Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States; 2Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States

SAR management and excitation homogeneity are critical aspects of RF pulse design at ultra-high magnetic field strength. We investigated the effects on SAR behavior of incorporating measurable E-field interactions into parallel transmission RF pulse design. We simulated three different transmit coil array configurations using two different coil loadings, a human mesh and a homogeneous water phantom. Small-tip-angle and linear class large-tip-angle pulses were employed. We found that global SAR during parallel excitation decreases when E-field interactions are included in RF pulse design optimization. Larger global SAR benefits were achieved for lower accelerations and for human mesh data.