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Abstract #3165

Optimal Arrangement of Finite Element Loop Arrays for Parallel Imaging in a Spherical Geometry at 9.4 T

Andreas Pfrommer 1 and Anke Henning 1,2

1 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, 2 Institute for Biomedical Engineering, UZH and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Parallel imaging with a finite number of array elements is limited by the g-factor enhancement for high k-space undersampling. To fully exploit the unfolding potential of circular surface coils surrounding a spherical head phantom, we developed an optimization routine to minimize the maximum value of the g-factor inside the head region. As a result we showed optimal arrangements for 8, 16 and 32 channels at 9.4 T with different acceleration rates. Moreover we precisely specified the range of possible g max values for each setup including optimal and worst case positioning of the loops.

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