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Abstract #1220

A 64 Channel 3T Array Coil for Highly Accelerated Fetal Imaging at 22 Weeks of Pregnancy

Mark Spatz1,2, Pablo García-Polo1,3, Boris Keil1, Christopher Ha4, and Lawrence L. Wald1,5

1A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 2Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, 3M+Visión Advanced Fellowship, Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain, 4Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 5Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States

MRI is an attractive tool for fetal imaging due to its unique ability to provide detailed anatomical and physiological data in an inherently safe manner. In practice, fetal MRI is limited by fetal motion, inherently poor SNR in the maternal abdomen, and widely varying body shapes. A 64 channel receive array designed to conform to a range of body shapes at 22 weeks of pregnancy was built and tested. Compared to standard product arrays, the coil provides 5% better SNR in the fetal brain region of an anthropomorphic phantom and allows increasing SENSE acceleration factor from R=4 to R=5.

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