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Abstract #1608

Design of a 12-channel rhesus head coil array for functional MRI at 3 T

Zidong Wei1, Qiaoyan Chen 2, Hai Lu1, Xiangming Hou1, Qiang He1, Xiaoliang Zhang3,4, Xin Liu2, Hairong Zheng2, and Ye Li2

1Shanghai United Imaging Healthcare, Shanghai, China, 2Lauterbur Imaging Research Center, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen, China, 3Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 4UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering, San Francisco, CA, United States

In this work, a 12-channel rhesus head coil array for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was designed, constructed and evaluated by imaging experiments in phantom studies and in-vivo studies. Compared to a commercially available 12-channel knee coil, the proposed 12-channel rhesus head coil provides improved performance not only in SNR and parallel imaging capability, but also in temporal SNR (tSNR) in resting-state fMRI studies.

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