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Abstract #3167

A novel design 20-channel head coil for cortical imaging with ultra-high resolution.

Alexander Beckett 1,2 , Liyong Chen 1,2 , An T Vu 3 , and David A Feinberg 1,2

1 Helens Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA, United States, 2 Advanced MRI Technology, Sebastopol, CA, United States, 3 CMRR, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Advances in imaging hardware and pulse sequences have led increasingly finer resolution imaging at ultra-high fields. We propose to use a novel half shell 20 channel coil designed for optimized imaging in neocortical regions superficial and closest to the coil array rather than deeper brain regions, and demonstrate the advantages of such a coil over a standard 32-channel array in terms of raw signal and tSNR at 0.75 mm and 0.55 mm isotropic resolution. We demonstrate fMRI imaging at 0.75 mm. New coil designs will allow even higher resolutions in future cortical imaging studies with maximal SNR.

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