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Abstract #1887

Experimental Verification of SNR & Parallel Imaging Improvements using Complete Coil Arrays

Adam Maunder1, Tyler Charlton1, B. Gino Fallone1,2, Nicola De Zanche1,2

1Dept. of Oncology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; 2Dept. of Medical Physics, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Complete arrays capture all three components of the RF magnetic field using additional loops placed orthogonally to the standard surface coils. This experimental study at 3T confirms improvements in SNR and parallel imaging performance predicted by theory, and demonstrates an effective method to increase channel density three-fold without decreasing coil size.