Emilee Minalga1, Allison Payne1, Robb Merrill1, Nick Todd1, Sathya Vijayakumar1, Dennis L. Parker1, J. Rock Hadley1
1Utah Center of Advanced Imaging Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
This work describes the parallel imaging capabilities of an 11-channel breast RF coil for magnetic resonance guided high intensity focused ultrasound. The coil was built to be compatible with a breast magnetic resonance guided high intensity focused ultrasound treatment cylinder and uses capacitive decoupling of adjacent loops. The coil is evaluated for SNR performance, temperature imaging performance, and parallel imaging capabilities. The coil was found to give better SNR over a single loop chest coil. This SNR increase translates to better anatomy imaging and temperature measurements and allows for the use of parallel imaging.