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Abstract #3273

Open Phased Array Knee Coil for Dynamic MSK MRI

Bing Keong Li1, Ewald Weber1, Fabian Bartel1, Dru Morris2, Craig Engstrom1, Adnan Trakic1, Hua Wang1, Ben Kelley2, Stuart Crozier1

1School of ITEE, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 2X Radiology Australia, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

A prototype 3-element open phased array knee coil for dynamic musculoskeletal (MSK) MR imaging of the knee was constructed and tested in a 1.5T Siemens Espree system. The acquired MR images of the knee joint, flexed to a variety of angles and also at the normal relaxed position, show that the open design concept is feasible and can facilitate diagnostic and functional assessment of knee injuries and pathology.