Yudong Zhu1, Ryan Brown1, Cem Murat Deniz1, Bei Zhang1, Leeor Alon1, Graham Wiggins1, Hans-Peter Fautz2, Bernd Stoeckel3, Daniel K. Sodickson1
1Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions, Erlangen, Germany; 3Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc, New York, NY, United States
A constellation coil uses a continuous RF structure and distributed ports to support generally sophisticated current patterns responsible for the ultimate spin excitation and signal detection performance allowed by electrodynamics. Given its inherent simplicity and versatility, one implementation meaningful in certain applications or MR systems is to use constellation coil in place of a conventional volume transmit coil, creating a customizable configuration where, in emulation mode, the coil uses a single Tx channel and emulates the conventional volume coil, and, in parallel mode, the coil conducts parallel Tx / Rx. This study investigated the feasibility of such an implementation.