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Abstract #1314

Design and Implementation of Flexible Printed Receive Coils Arrays

Joseph Russell Corea 1 , Anita Flynn 1 , Galen Reed 1,2 , Peter Shin 2 , Greig Scott 3 , Ana Claudia Arias 1 , and Michael Lustig 1

1 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States, 2 Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, 3 Electrical Engineering, Stanford, Stanford, California, United States

Creating receive coil arrays using ultra-high quality components is the standard method of fabrication for arrays today. However, concessions can be made trading off excess quality factor for a more conformable device using screen printed materials. This is possible because in clinical scanners, the system is body noise dominated so lowering the quality factor of the coil does not necessarily lower the signal-to-noise ratio of the image. Here we discuss the implications of using printed materials for creating receive coil arrays and include a demonstration of a 4-channel fully printed prototype on different areas of a volunteer.

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