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Abstract #3129

Swaddle Coils for a Newborn

A.M. Flynn 1 , J.R. Corea 1 , P.B. Lechene 1 , P.D. Calderon 2 , T. Zhang 3 , G.C. Scott 3 , S.S. Vasanawala 4 , A.C. Arias 1 , and M. Lustig 1

1 EECS, Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, United States, 2 Diamant Engineering, Castro Valley, CA, United States, 3 EECS, Stanford Univ., Palo Alto, CA, United States, 4 Radiology, Stanford LPCH, Palo Alto, CA, United States

We have developed a system of flexible coils which can be wrapped closely around a newborn. Because newborns are often inserted into coils which do not fit well, SNR is typically worse than it could be. We have printed flexible coils and packaged them in pairs which can be attached arbitrarily to a swaddled infant. Swaddling naturally provides comfort to a baby. A snug fit will help restrict motion, recoup SNR and enable acceleration, hopefully one day alleviating the need to sedate small children who cannot stay still through an MRI exam.

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