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Abstract #0432

An Investigation of RF Frontend Scalability

Yudong Zhu1, Xing Yang1, Bei Zhang1, Leeor Alon1

1NYU School of Medicine, New York, United States

Most workhorse receive coils are each optimized for a certain body region, parallel acceleration, and frequency. To improve workflow a significant recent development strives to consolidate a scanners suite of coils with a multi-element coil ensemble that encloses a subject in a fixed way but allows application-dependent multi-port signal combination. The task of creating a one-structure-fits-all coil to replace dedicated coils is very challenging. We explore the perspective of optimizing RF frontend scalability, the ability for a same RF coil structure to adapt to most tasks by leveraging flexible and advantageous signal combination afforded by a large number of channels.