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Abstract #4365

3T Transceiver Quadrature Surface Coil Design for Cervical Spine Spectroscopy

Wonje Lee1, Oded Gonen2, Daniel Sodickson1, Graham Wiggins1

1Radiology, NYUMC, New York, NY, United States; 2Radiology, New York University, New York, NY, United States

MRS in the cervical spinal cord is particularly challenging because of the small size and deep anatomical location, limiting the signal available and placing stringent demands on the accuracy of spatial localization. Due to the use of high bandwidth refocusing pulses and the inclusion of additional water suppression the body coil transmission with a receive only coil may impose limitations. Motivated by the need of a local transceiver coil aiming for the C-spine spectroscopy a new design of 3T TR quad surface coil is presented, and its efficiency performance is evaluated, compared to the commercial head-neck receive coil.