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Abstract #4437

On the Properties of Additive Manufacturing Materials for Anatomy Specific 3D-Printed MRI Coils

Bahareh Behzadnezhad1,2, Bruce D Collick2, Nader Behdad1, and Alan B McMillan2

1Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States, 2Radiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States

Additive manufacturing provides a low-cost and rapid means to translate 3D design into the construction of a prototype. For MRI, this type of manufacturing can be used to construct various components including the structure of RF coils. In this abstract, we characterize the material properties (dielectric constant and loss tangent) of several common 3D-printed plastics, and utilize these material properties in full-wave electromagnetic simulations to design and construct a very low-cost subject/anatomy-specific 3D-printed receive-only RF coil that fits close to the body. We show that the anatomy-specific coil exhibits higher signal-to-noise ratio compared to a conventional flat surface coil.

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