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Abstract #4025

A Novel Ultra-Flexible High-Resolution AIR (Adaptive imaging receive) 64-Channel Bilateral Phased Array for 3T Brachial Plexus MRI

Yun-Jeong Stickle1, Clyve Follante1, Mark Giancola1, David Anderson1, Fraser Robb1, Victor Taracila1, Robert Stormont2, Holly Blahnik3, Simone Winkler4, and Darryl Sneag5
1MR Engineering, GE Healthcare Coils, Aurora, OH, United States, 2MR Engineering, GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI, United States, 3MR Apps&WF, GE Healthcare, Waukesh, WI, United States, 4MRI Engineering, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, United States, 5Radiology and Imaging, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, United States

An ultra-flexible AIR 64-Channel bilateral phased array coil is described for acquiring high-sensitivity images of the brachial plexus by wrapping coil elements snugly around the cervical, shoulder, axillary, and arm regions. This coil comprises a foam posterior and flexible flaps with a low loss malleable conductor optimized for zero reactance. An exceptionally low noise preamplifier is tolerant of a wide range of loading. This coil facilitates imaging large fields of view bilateral brachial plexi, as well as higher resolution unilateral imaging for detailed evaluation of nerve fascicular architecture and other pathology, thereby optimizing setup time and patient comfort.

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