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Abstract #0142

Feasibility Study of a Double Resonant (23Na/1H) 8 Channel Rx Head Coil for MRI at 3T

Matthias Malzacher1, Mathias Davids1, Jorge Chacon-Caldera1, and Lothar R. Schad1

1Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine,Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

The implementation of 23Na-sodium MRI in the clinical routine is of increasing interest since it can provide valuable information on tissue viability. A design criterion of such double resonant RF setups is to keep the performance of the 1H MRI approximately at the same level as single resonant setups while optimizing the 23Na imaging. This work investigates the feasibility and performance of a double resonant 8 channel receive (Rx) head coil for 1H and 23Na MRI at 3T using EM simulations and a head model.

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