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Abstract #2126

Design of a forward view antenna for prostate imaging at 7 Tesla

Bart Steensma1, Dennis Klomp1, Nico van den Berg1, Peter Luijten1, Abe van der Werf2, and Alexander Raaijmakers1

1University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2Machnet B.V., Maarn, Netherlands

The forward view antenna has been introduced as a novel antenna for ultrahigh field imaging. This study has investigated its potential for prostate imaging where the antenna is placed between the legs, to contribute as an additional element of an existing dipole antenna transceiver array. A significant increase in signal-to-noise ratio is expected because of the generally smaller distance towards the prostate from this side. Numerical simulations and in vivo scans show that signal-to-noise ratio in the prostate region increases as a result of adding the forward view antenna to the dipole antenna array.

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