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Abstract #2989

Development of a 2H birdcage volume coil for homogeneous deuterium metabolic imaging of the human brain at 7T

Ayhan Gursan1, Arjan D. Hendriks1, Stefan R. van Genderen1, Dimitri Welting1, Dennis W. Klomp1, and Jeanine J. Prompers1
1Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Deuterium metabolic imaging (DMI) is a new emerging technique, which can measure the metabolism in the brain non-invasively. In this work, a shielded 2H birdcage volume coil for the head was developed and compared with a 2H surface coil setup. In contrast to the surface coil, the 2H birdcage coil enabled high SNR DMI measurements over the entire brain. The homogeneous B1+ field of the birdcage coil allowed for T1 mapping of deuterated water in the brain. Overall, the developed 2H birdcage coil shows high potential for non-invasive metabolic imaging of the brain.

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