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Abstract #4798

A Transverse External RF Surface Coil for Prostate MR Imaging at 3T

Keith Hulsey1, Alexander Ivanishev1, Ivan Dimitrov2,3, and Robert E. Lenkinski1,2

1Radiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, United States, 2Advanced Imaging Research Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, United States, 3Philips Medical Systems, Cleveland, OH, United States

MRI is playing an increasingly important role in the work up of prostate cancer. This increased demand for prostate imaging has caused a debate in the field regarding the necessity of an endo-rectal coil for these studies. While the endo-rectal coil has distinct advantages it also has some drawbacks in both work-flow and cost. Current external coils do not provide images at comparable SNR to endo-rectal coil images (at the same field strength). Here we describe our initial experience with a transverse external RF coil designed to be placed on the perineum for high quality images.

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