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Abstract #3831

The Inductively Decoupled Transceiver Array: Simulations & Performance at 7T

Jullie W. Pan1, Nikolai Avdievich1, Tamer S. Ibrahim2, Hoby P. Hetherington1

1Neurosurgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, United States; 2Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, United States

The transceiver array has been shown to achieve excellent homogeneity and B1 amplitude at ultra-high field for head studies. However, as a set of decoupled surface coil elements there has been uncertainty as to its performance consistency. Under in vivo conditions, the largest variable between volunteers is the distance between the element(s) and head, with both coil loading and decoupling affected by this gap. We simulate this effect on variable loading and decoupling at 7T and compare it to experimental data.