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Abstract #0021

First clinical pilot study using screen-printed flexible MRI receive coils for pediatric applications

Simone Angela Winkler1, Joseph Corea2, Balthazar Lechene2, Kendall O'Brien3, John Ross Bonanni3, Fraser Robb4, Greig Scott5, John Pauly5, Michael Lustig2, Ana Claudia Arias2, and Shreyas Vasanawala1

1Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 2University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, 3Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Stanford, CA, United States, 4GE Healthcare, Aurora, OH, United States, 5Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

Pediatric MRI is often performed suboptimally by the use of heavy, large, and relatively inflexible coil arrays that are designed and built for adult MR imaging. For the child, these arrays can be intimidating and uncomfortable, restricting breathing. For parents, they contribute to the stress of the exam. For pediatric caregivers for smaller children, the coils complicate placing medical support equipment. Here, we assess the use of screen printed flexible coil arrays for pediatric applications, focusing on clinical image quality and caregiver acceptance. We conclude that a flexible screen-printed MRI receive coil is likely to yield diagnostic image quality and be preferred to a traditional coil by patients, parents, and caregivers.

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