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Abstract #1137

Conductive Elastomer for Wearable RF Coils

Andreas Port1, Roger Luechinger1, David Otto Brunner1, and Klaas Paul Pruessmann1
1Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Several stretchable conductor concepts have been proposed that rely on a continuous metal phase, rigid or liquid, as conductive path. Conductive elastomers, fundamentally different, form the conductive path through contact between particles such as carbon nano tubes, silver nanowires or silver microparticles. In the present work, we explore the feasibility and performance of MR detection with conductive elastomer coils. Evaluation is performed in terms of Q, SNR and in-vivo imaging. The results indicate that MR receive coils made from conductive elastomer provide good stretchability, adequate electrical performance and promise workflow enhancements as such a coil could even be washed.

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