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Abstract #0437

Over-overlapped Loop Arrays

Ming Lu1, John C. Gore2,3,4, and Xinqiang Yan2,3

1College of nuclear equipment and nuclear engineering, Yantai University, Yantai, China, 2Institute of Imaging Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States, 3Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States, 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States

Loops are usually overlapped by approximately 10% in area to minimize the mutual inductive coupling. Due to geometrical constraints, the size of each loop has to be reduced to increase the numbers of coils in an array. In this work, we propose a simple loop array design that achieves over-overlap as well as low reactive/resistive coupling. A 40% overlap was chosen in this study. Numerical results show that the proposed over-overlapped loop arrays could increase the performance of parallel imaging and SNR.

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