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Abstract #4019

A Novel Clinical Friendly 7T T/R 32-Channel Head Coil Using Skipped-Rung Birdcage as Transmitter

Tsinghua Zheng1, Xiaoyu Yang1, Blaise Whitesell1, Martin Domondon1, Paul Taylor1, Samuel Musilli1, and Labros Petropoulos1
1Quality Electrodynamics, LLC, Mayfield Village, OH, United States

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.

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