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Abstract #0621

A 7T 8 channel transmit-receive dipole array for head imaging: dipole element and coil evaluation

Gang Chen 1 , Martijn Cloos 1 , Daniel Sodickson 1 , and Graham Wiggins 1

1 The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States

Electric dipole antennas are seeing increasing use for 7T MR imaging. With 8 elements surrounding a body sized tissue equivalent phantom and array of dipole antennas can achieve higher central SNR than an array of loops, while simultaneously having greater coverage along Z. Most 7T head coils today rely on birdcage, TEM volume coils, or arrays of loops for transmit. Signal dropout in inferior brain regions such as the cerebellum and brain stem is a common problem. We describe here a dipole array for 7T head imaging designed for extended coverage and evaluate its performance in phantom and volunteer imaging.

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