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Abstract #2446

Design of a 36-channel receive coil array for fetal MRI at 3T

Qiaoyan Chen1,2, Guoxi Xie3, Chao Luo1,2, Xing Yang4, Jin Zhu5, Jo Lee1,2, Xiaoliang Zhang6,7, Xin Liu1,2, and Ye Li1,2

1Lauterbur Imaging Research Center, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China, 2Shenzhen Key Laboratory for MRI, Shenzhen, China, 3School of Basic Science, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China, 4High-Field Magnetic Resonance Brain Imaging Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Life Science and Technology, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, 5Shenzhen People's Hospital, Shenzhen, China, 6Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 7UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, San Francisco, CA, United States

Due to lack of dedicated fetal imaging coils, the standard commercial abdominal coil is often used for fetal imaging, of which the performance is limited by its insufficient coverage and element number. In this work, a dedicated 36-channel coil array for fetal imaging was designed, capable of covering a range of pregnancy from 20 to 37+ weeks. Compared to a commercial abdominal coil array, the proposed 36-channel fetal coil provides improved performance in SNR, parallel imaging capability, and image quality.

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