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Abstract #1487

The effect of transducer position on signal-to-noise ratio in magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound

Emilee S. Minalga1, Robb Merrill1, Dennis L Parker1, Allison H Payne1, and J. Rock Hadley1

1Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Hardware requirements can be a roadblock to implementing procedure-specific coils in magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound. In order to more effectively implement coils in the system, the effects of the focused ultrasound transducer’s position on SNR needs to be considered. This work characterizes the SNR and noise correlation variability of the RF coils by evaluating the SNR tradeoffs and noise correlation as a function of device orientation and transducer position and report such variances. Understanding the SNR tradeoffs of system placement during treatment can aid in increased SNR within the treatment volume and can be a factor to consider in treatment planning.

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