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Abstract #3178

An SNR Comparison Between a Sodium Phased Array Coil and a Single Channel Coil

Amin Nazaran 1 , Joshua D Kaggie 2,3 , Meredith Taylor 1 , Daniel J Park 1 , Grayson Tarbox 1 , Rexford D Newbould 4 , Neal Bangerter 1 , and Glen Morrell 3

1 Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States, 2 Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 3 Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 4 Imanova Centre for Imaging Sciences, London, United Kingdom

In this abstract, we compared a new phased array sodium breast coil with a single channel sodium coil. The new phased array coil consists of 7 sodium loops that are overlapped to minimize coupling to adjacent sodium loops. The coil used for comparison has a single transmit/receive 1 H loop and a single transmit/receive 23Na loop. The benefits of our new coil include larger volume coverage, and higher SNR (2-3x) than the single channel coil near the surface loops.

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