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Abstract #4392

About the Ideal Receive Array for Human Head MRI

Andreas Pfrommer1 and Anke Henning1,2

1High-Field MR Center, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, 2Institute of Physics, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald, Germany

For the first time, we present a systematic framework to assess the intrinsic SNR performance of loop-only and dipole-only receive arrays in a realistic human head model. Thereby, we distribute generic current patterns on a helmet-like and a cylindrical coil holder. These current patterns form a basis set for any kind of receive element one could place on the holder. We demonstrate how to design an ideal receive array for human head applications by using complementary current patterns.

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