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Abstract #0306

A Quadraure RF Coil with Reduced Heating of DBS Implants

Hai Lu 1 and Shumin Wang 1

1 Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United States

DBS implant heating inside MRI scanner is a major safety concern for scanning implant patients. In order to prevent catastrophic ablations of surrounding tissues, current approaches include using head-only transceiver coils with much reduced SAR limits or redesigned lead wires with RF chocks. Such procedures prevent many clinical useful protocols that are based on the spin-echo sequence from being applied, and exclude patients with different types of implant leads from being scanned. The aim of this study is to develop a new RF transmitter based on the transverse electromagnetic mode of parallel-plate waveguide.

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