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Abstract #0173

Design of a 8-channel transceive dipole array with up to 64 receive-only loop coils

Ingmar Voogt1, Dennis W.J. Klomp1, Hans Hoogduin1, Peter R. Luijten1, Cornelis A.T. van den Berg1, and Alexander J.E. Raaijmakers1

1UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

We have developed an array combination consisting of eight fractionated dipole antennas combined with 64 receive loops. Loops are combined in 16 linear groups of four. Eight are equipped with a transmit dipole antenna, eight are not. The coupling between all elements is below -15 dB. The transmit efficiency is not influenced by the presence of the receive loops. Phantom MRI measurements show strong enhancement of the SNR. Finally, preliminary human scans (T2w images) have been acquired.

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