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Abstract #1308

Comparison of three different microstrip transmit elements for use in multichannel Tx/Rx body coils at 7 Tesla

Stephan Orzada 1 , Klaus Solbach 2 , Mark E. Ladd 1,3 , and Andreas K. Bitz 1,3

1 Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI, Essen, Germany, 2 Institute of Microwave and RF Technology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany, 3 Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany

In this study three different elements are compared regarding their suitability for large-diameter, multi-element body coils at 7T: the centrally-fed microstrip line2 (MSL), the centrally-fed microstrip line with meanders3, and a new design where the meanders of the aforementioned element are loaded with a dielectric to eliminate the end capacitors. Comparison is done through simulations and phantom experiments on the single elements. The element with dielectrically loaded meanders shows a more focused sensitivity then the MSL or the meander element terminated with capacitors, which might be beneficial for parallel transmit and parallel reception.

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