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Abstract #1461

A 19F - 1H Linear Dual Tuned RF Birdcage Coil for Rat Lung Imaging at 3T

Gowtham Gajawada 1,2 , Tao Li 1 , Marcus J Couch 1,2 , Matthew S Fox 3,4 , and Mitchell Albert 1,2

1 Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 2 Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 3 Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada, 4 Department of Medical Biophysics, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

An 19F-1H linear dual tuned RF birdcage coil was designed for inert fluorinated gas MRI in the lungs of rats. In order to test the homogeneity of the coil, B1 field mapping was performed in phantoms using mineral oil for the 1H channel (0) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) for the 19F channel (90). A rat was ventilated using a custom-built ventilator with a mixture of 80% SF6 and 20% O2. 1H MR images were initially acquired for localization and then 19F free breathing lung images were acquired using a 3D gradient echo.

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