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Abstract #0626

7T 22ch Wrap-around Coil Array for Cervical Spinal Cord Imaging

Bei Zhang 1 , Priti Balchandani 1 , Zahi A. Fayad 1 , Joo-won Kim 1 , Christopher Cannistraci 1 , Bernd Stoeckel 2 , and Junqian Xu 1

1 Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, United States, 2 Siemens Medical Solution, New York, New York, United States

A 22 channel wrap-around coil array was built for 7T cervical spinal cord imaging. The coil consists of four transmit-receive (Tx/Rx) elements and eighteen receive-only (Rx) elements. Two of the four Tx/Rx elements are anterior and the other two are posterior to the subject. The eighteen Rx elements, of which six are anterior and twelve are posterior to the subject, surround the Tx/Rx elements. All the coils follow the contour of the body to maximize SNR. Both simulation and experiments show high transmit efficiency with the wrap-around design and excellent SNR for high-resolution cervical spinal cord imaging at 7T.

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