Himanshu Bhat1, Philipp Hoecht1,
Sven Zuehlsdorff2, Azma Mareyam3, Boris Keil4,
Andreas Potthast5, Melanie Schmitt5,
1Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Charlestown, MA, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Chicago, IL, United States; 3Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States; 4Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States; 5Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany
We have previously reported the development of a prototype 128 channel receive coil and MR system for cardiac MR at 3T. Here we describe further optimization of the system and its supported sequences, in particular balanced SSFP. We demonstrate the feasibility of high quality 2D multi-slice whole-heart cine imaging with acceleration factors of upto 6 in a single breath-hold using the 128 channel receive coil.