We propose a novel skipped-rung birdcage coil as the local transmitter for head imaging at 7 Tesla. This concept allows sizable openings on the coil anterior. The openings improve both patient comfort and workflow. A 7T head coil using the skipped-rung birdcage transmitter and a 32-channel receiver array was constructed and evaluated. The preliminary test results show a good transmitting efficiency and a good image quality compared with a commercial 7T head coil.