In ultra-high-field brain MR imaging, the coverage for imaging with the optimized protocol is constrained not only by scan time, but also by the coil structure. Since presently available surface loop RF coils have limited field of view, it is very difficult to achieve the coverage from the top of the head to the end of the cervical vertebrae. Prior solution to this problem was to increase the number of elements. However, it increases the complexity of coil array design thus causing difficulties in construction of the coils. In this paper, an 8-channel top-hat dipole receive RF coil is proposed for the brain imaging at 7 Tesla MRI. By enabling the coil tuning with novel tuning methods for shorter RF coil lengths but still with reasonable uniformity and SNR for more imaging field of view compared with multi-element loop coils.