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Abstract #1800

Numerical Comparison of a Dedicated Paediatric Radiofrequency Array with Existing Adult Coil Designs

Gemma R. Cook 1 , Martin J. Graves 1,2 , Fraser J. Robb 3 , and David J. Lomas 1

1 Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2 MRIS, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 3 GE Healthcare Coils, Aurora, OH, United States

A lack of dedicated paediatric coil designs means adult coils must often be employed in MRI of infants. This study simulated the sensitivity and acceleration potential of such adult coils and an in-house 1.5T prototype with two wrap configurations (providing body conformity different patient sizes). Code was written to calculate the noise correlation matrix and element B1- field profiles for an array, then produce the resultant uniform noise and sum of squares maps. Though all designs had similar accelerated SNR performance, the prototype showed increased B1- uniformity and higher SOS values in phantom and infant models.

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