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Abstract #1726

Design & Evaluation of RF Coils for Magnetic Resonance Guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound

Emilee Shaw Minalga1, Allison Payne1, Robb Merrill1, Dennis L. Parker1, J. Rock Hadley1

1UCAIR, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

An 11-channel cylindrical ladder coil was built to increase SNR to improve temperature measurement, cancer verification, and tissue characterization for MR guided high intensity focused ultra-sound over a single chest coil. The HIFU coil was found to improve such aspects of temperature measurement by using SNR plots, g-factor maps, human anatomy images, and temperature maps. For future human studies, this coil can add to patient safety and treatment efficacy.