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Abstract #4349

Unified Coils (UNIC) for Simultaneous RF Reception and Targeted Local B0 Shimming

HUI HAN1, John Stager1, Hsin-Jung Yang1, Na Zhang1, Sizhe Guo1, Zhuoqi Li1, Yicheng Wang1, and Debiao Li1

1Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LOS ANGELES, CA, United States

We propose a new general MR coil concept with integrated RF and Bo shimming applicable to almost all MRI coils and systems. Innovative geometrical decoupling methods are proposed to bring the distance between separate shim and RF loops to zero millimeters and to make shim loops physically free from the RF loops. Therefore, both RF and shim coils can be in close proximity to the subject and be designed independently to maximize the performance of each function. It also opens a new window to integrate shim and RF coils or other coils in the constricted scanner bore space.

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