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Abstract #1335

Investigating interactions between a TMS system and a novel MR device for concurrent TMS/fMRI experiments

Lucia Isabel Navarro de Lara 1,2 , Christian Windischberger 1,2 , Jrgen Sieg 1,2 , Ewald Moser 1,2 , Elmar Laistler 1,2 , and Andre Kuehne 1,2

1 Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 2 MR Center of Excellence, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Vienna, Austria

A dedicated 7-channel MR coil was built for concurrent TMS/fMRI Studies. The developed hardware can be placed under the TMS due to the ultra-slim design in the middle, ensuring efficient TMS stimulation and performing a very high SNR at a target depth up to 6 cm. With these satisfactory results, it had to be shown that the functionality of neither the novel MR head coil or the TMS system when working in combination was affected. The possible interactions of the dedicated MR coil on the TMS device and vice versa were the focus of this work.

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