Graham Charles Wiggins1, Bei Zhang1, Christian Glaser1, Bernd Stoeckel2, Michael P. Recht1, Daniel Sodickson1
Musculoskeletal imaging depends on anatomically-specific RF coils, which provide better performance than general purpose body arrays. The shoulder is poorly served by commonly available commercial coil designs, which typically consist of a rigid concave former that does not wrap substantially around the shoulder joint. We present a 13 element shoulder array on a flexible domed former which wraps around the shoulder and conforms to a variety of body types. We demonstrate SNR gains 2-fold or better in deep tissue such as the labrum and capsular-ligamentous structures. This has the potential to impact the clinical MRI-based assessment of shoulder instability.