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Abstract #3880

Investigating Parallel Imaging Performance of the 8-Channel Transceiver Array with Tilted Microstrip Elements

Yong Pang1, Bing Wu1, Daniel Vigneron1,2, Xiaoliang Zhang1,2

1Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States; 2UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, San Francisco & Berkeley, CA, United States

The rapid development of parallel imaging requires high performance RF coil arrays with excellent decoupling performance. In this study, parallel imaging performance for a new 8-channel volume transceiver array with tilted microstrip elements was investigated in terms of reconstructed image quality, noise correlation matrix and g-factor. In vivo human knee images were obtained using a 7T whole body MR scanner. Commonly used parallel imaging methods SENSE and GRAPPA were utilized to perform accelerated image reconstructions. The results demonstrate excellent parallel imaging performance for our proposed tilted microstrip array.