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Abstract #3666

RF safety assessment of a 7 Tesla breast coil: SAR versus tissue temperature limits

Thomas M. Fiedler1, Mark E. Ladd1,2, and Andreas K. Bitz1

1Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany, 2Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

RF safety of Tx coils can be assessed based on SAR or temperature limits; however, temperature is directly correlated to tissue damage and enables a more precise RF exposure assessment. Both safety assessments were compared for a 7T breast coil. Temperature depends on the individual thermoregulation system and was taken into account using three different temperature-dependent blood perfusions. Results for a subject with impaired thermoregulation showed that temperature limits are exceeded by up to 6.17 °C even when SAR limits are complied with. For a healthy subject, up to 40% higher input power is allowed if temperature limits are applied instead of SAR.

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