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Abstract #4289

Anatomically adaptive coils for MR Imaging – A 6-channel Demonstrator Array study at 1.5 Tesla

Bernhard Gruber1 and Stephan Zink2

1Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

Many of today’s MR coils are still somehow rigid and inflexible in their size. Even highly flexible arrays basically maintain only one specific body-part in a defined range. Anatomically adaptive coils potentially provide the necessary freedom to have a one-size-fits-all design for MRI in clinic. This would lower costs, improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and increase the patient comfort. To evaluate the potential SNR improvement of adaptive arrays, maintaining an optimal filling factor, a 6-channel Demonstrator array setup, comprised of stretchable loop elements at 1.5T with equal electrical properties as standard elements, was used.

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