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Abstract #0431

Design and implementation of a combined sodium-loop proton-dipole transceiver array for body imaging at 10.5 Tesla

M. Arcan Erturk1,2, Russell L. Lagore1, Edward J. Auerbach1, Naoharu Kobayashi1, Gregor Adriany1, Kamil Ugurbil1, and Gregory J. Metzger1

1Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 2Restorative Therapies Group, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, United States

A multinuclear combined sodium-proton transceiver array consisting of 8 proton-dipoles and 8 sodium-loops for imaging the body at 10.5T was designed and implemented. Performance of the array was compared against 3 other designs using numerical simulations with the goal of achieving multinuclear imaging capabilities while minimizing the losses typically associated with such dual-tuned coils. The first 10.5T sodium images were obtained inside a saline-filled torso-size phantom with the implemented coil.

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