Seong-Eun Kim1, K Craig Goodrich1, J Rock Hadley1, Richard Wiggins1, Eun-Kee Jeong1, Dennis L. Parker1
1UCAIR Department of Radiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Our composite system has the distinct advantage that both of standard and insert gradient systems can be operated simultaneously and/or independently. With simultaneous acquisition, the gradient strength available from either system alone can be increased. The composite gradient system can acquire better DTI measurements with less artifacts in human studies than can be obtained with insert or body gradient coils alone. It can also provide high resolution fMRI datasets with better imaging quality compared to data obtained using the standard gradient system.