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Abstract #3824

A Radiofrequency Coil Configuration for Imaging the Human Vertebral Column at 7 Tesla

Maartje E. Vossen1, Wouter M. Teeuwisse1, Monique Reijnierse1, Nadine B. Smith1, Chris M. Collins2, Andrew G. Webb1

1Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands; 2Radiology, Hershey Medical College

A quadrature transmit, eight-channel receive array RF coil configuration was designed for the acquisition of images of the entire human spinal column at 7 Tesla. RF transmission through the anterior part of the body was shown using electromagnetic simulations to be more efficient in terms of B1+ to SAR ratio than through the posterior side. Using this coil geometry, high resolution images from healthy volunteers could be acquired in clinically acceptable imaging times.