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Abstract #4380

Analysis of the Effect of an External High Dielectric Sleeve on the Performance of a Head Coil at 128 MHz

Bu S. Park1, Joshua W. Guag1, Leonardo M. Angelone1, Sunder S. Rajan1

1CDRH/DP, FDA, Silver Spring, MD, United States

We present experimental and numerical simulation results showing that high dielectric materials (HDMs) located outside of a RF head coil decrease the electric field (E-field, |E|) with minimum change of the RF magnetic field (B1+) at 3T MRI imaging. Compared to previous research using HDMs located between the RF coil and sample, our method locating the HDM outside the coil allowed an increased sample size and more flexibility of HDM thickness optimization. Numerical simulation results showed more than 30% decrease in the local SAR at the boundary region of the head model. Validating experimental results showed a 21% decrease in the maximum |Etotal| using a HDM made of distilled water.