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Abstract #0630

An integrated 8-channel Tx/Rx body coil for 7 Tesla whole-body MRI

Stephan Orzada 1 , Andreas K. Bitz 2 , Marcel Gratz 1,3 , Sren Johst 1 , Maximilian N. Vlker 1 , Oliver Kraff 1 , Dominik Beyer 1 , Tristan Mathiebe 1 , Ashraf Abuelhaija 4 , Klaus Solbach 4 , and Mark E. Ladd 2

1 Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI, Essen, NRW, Germany, 2 Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany, 3 High-field and Hybrid MR Imaging, University Clinic Essen, Essen, Germany, 4 RF Technology, University Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

In this work we present an 8-channel Tx/Rx array for 7 Tesla whole-body imaging which is situated between the inner bore liner and the gradient coil similar to the body coils in standard low-field systems. The array is compared to a close-fitting array of similar elements, and first images of a human volunteer are presented. While transmit efficiency and SNR are reduced in comparison to a close-fitting array, a larger field-of-view in the z-direction is achieved.

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