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Abstract #2131

An 8Tx/32Rx RF Coil for 7T UHF Body MRI

Stefan HG Rietsch1,2, Stephan Orzada1, and Harald H Quick1,2

1Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MR Imaging, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, 2High Field and Hybrid MR Imaging, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany

In order to allow for improved SNR and higher acceleration during image acquisition in the body at 7T, we present a coil with 8Tx/Rx microstrip line elements with meanders and 24Rx loop elements. This coil comprises 8 building blocks each consisting of one Tx/Rx element and 3 overlapping loops which are actively detuned during transmit. With about -19 dB reflection and an average decoupling of more than -30 dB, the SNR can be boosted by about 21% in the abdomen. Evaluation of g-factors as well as in vivo images of healthy volunteers in both abdomen and heart show promising results.

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