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Abstract #0639

Electrical lengthening to improve electromagnetic simulations and SAR calculations of meandered body dipole elements at 7T

Stephen Bawden1,2, Richard Bowtell1, Penny Gowland1, and Paul Glover1

1Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

This study investigated the use of electrical-lengthening as an alternative method of simulating meandered dipole arrays. Dipoles were compared with (a) differing inductor positions, (b) rotating dipole along main axis and (c) for multiple dipole transmission. Results showed a simple single wire dipole model with electrical-lengthening produced comparable SAR solutions, were less effected by rotations and cut simulation times by up to 10 times.

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