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Abstract #2652

An Eight-Element Phased Array Coil for Carotid Artery Imaging at 3 Tesla

Yong-Qin Zhang1, Hua-Bin Zhu2, Ben-Sheng Qiu, Xin Liu

1Paul C. Lauterbur Research Centre for Biomedical Imaging, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China; 2Suzhou Zhongzhi Medical Technology Co., Ltd.

To improve the penetration depth, coverage and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of carotid coil in clinical applications and its suitability for different people, we designed a bilateral eight-channel receive-only phased array coil for use at 3T. The SNR map and g-factor map of the proposed coil is given in the results. And simultaneously preliminary comparison demonstrates that the SNR of the new design is much higher than commercially available 4-element carotid coils in most cases. The quantitative and qualitative performance comparison between two carotid coils will be done in further studies.