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Abstract #0132

A Novel Flexible Flex Cable Antenna (FFCA) for Foot MR Imaging

Hongyang Yuan1, Qunzhi Chen2, Yu Wang, Wenchao Cai3, Xiaoying Wang3, Jue Zhang1, Jing Fang1

1College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China; 2 Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing, China; 3Department of Radiology, Peking University First Hospital, Beijing, China

In this study, a novel flexible antenna, which is consisted of a flex cable and tuning/matching box, was developed for human foot MR imaging. Experimental results show that compared to conventional phase array coils, the FFCA have a higher SNR and better magnetic field homogeneity, and it can be easily designed for individual foot shape with higher fill factor. Meanwhile, the feasibility of FFCA has been validated by phantom and healthy human foot experiments. In the near future, it is believed that as a flexible antenna, the FFCA can be applied for hand or other unusual shape of human body.