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Abstract #4390

High Filling Factor Vs. High Channel Count: Which One Wins in 3T Breast Imaging?

Luca Marinelli1, Eric Fiveland1, Keith Park1, Kenneth Rohling1, Ileana Hancu2

1GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, United States; 2GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, United States

The tradeoffs between high filling factor and high number of coils in 3T breast imaging were considered. Experiments performed in vitro and in vivo indicate better performance (higher SNR and lower g-factor) for the cases in which the receive array is allowed to conform to a woman's anatomy. Results also suggest that flexible, high channel count breast arrays may be one of the most promising avenues to increase the SNR of breast images.