Tim Herrmann1, Johannes Mallow1,
1Department of Biometry & Medical Informatics, OvG University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; 2Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Whole body MRI at 7T is still a big challenge on the route to clinical use. This study shows how the travelling wave concept can be optimized to work as an efficient body-coil replacement. By simulating the RF-system including the complete 7T whole body scanner it was possible to consider all the important parameters of the experiment. Directional characteristics, distance to the object, and the excitation parameters of the constructed patch antenna were optimized. Tx-only as well as Tx-Rx scenarios were performed. Furthermore, a comparison shows that the travelling wave (TW) concept can keep up with conventional RF methods.