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Abstract #0714

Sodium MRI on Human Brain at 7T with 15-Channel Array Coil

Yongxian Qian1, Tiejun Zhao2, Graham C. Wiggins3, Lawrence L. Wald4, Hai Zheng5, Jonathan Weimer5, Fernando E. Boada1, 5

1Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States; 2R&D, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Pittsburgh, PA, United States; 3Radiology, New York University, New York, United States; 4Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States; 5Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Phased array coils have been shown significantly improving SNR in proton imaging over volume coils. This study investigates SNR advantage of a 15-channel array head coil (birdcage volume coil for transmit/receive and 15-channel array insert for receive-only) in sodium imaging at 7T.