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Abstract #1823

Eight-Channel Array Coil Optimized for Functional Imaging of Awake Monkeys at 7T

Azma Mareyam1, James Blau1, Jonathan Polimeni1,2, Boris Keil1,2, Reza Farivar1,2, Thomas Benner1,2, Wim Vanduffel1,2, Lawrence L. Wald1,3

1A.A Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Dept. of Radiology, Massachussetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States; 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States; 3Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard-MIT, Cambridge, MA, United States

High-field functional MRI of non-human primates provides elevated BOLD contrast but requires an optimized coil design to boost the SNR, facilitate image acceleration, and maintain mechanical and electrical stability during the awake primate experiment. We present an 8-channel receive-only coil array optimized for high-resolution whole-brain imaging of the awake primate. Imaging performance is compared with other available 3T and 7T arrays.