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Abstract #1604

Optimization of the degenerate birdcage transmit array coil for minimum coupling

Ehsan Kazemivalipour1,2, Alireza Sadeghi-Tarakameh1,2, and Ergin Atalar1,2

1Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM), Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

This abstract introduced a methodology to minimize the magnetic coupling between non-adjacent channels in a degenerate birdcage transmit array coil (DBC) by optimizing some of its physical parameters. The method is based on minimization of the mutual-inductances normalized by the self-inductances. Optimum radius, length in the z-direction, the width of end-rings, and the width of rungs are found for a 3T shielded twelve-channel head DBC with capacitive decoupled loops. Finite element based simulation results confirmed the validity of the results.

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