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Abstract #4036

Open-Sourced,  Stereotax-Integrated, High-Fidelity and Adjustable 4-Channel Receive Array for Primate Brain Imaging at 3T

Marc Fischer1, Karthik Gopalan1, Ana Arias1, and Michael Lustig1
1EECS, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States

High quality MRI scans of nonhuman primates allow researchers to gain a deeper understanding of the brain. Most commercially available coils are designed for human imaging and are not compatible with common animal head restraint systems. We describe the design and testing of a 4-channel coil array that interfaces with a commercially available sterotax. Each channel is integrated with a modified Loc-line that enables the positioning of each coil independently in order to get the coils as close to the subject as possible. SNR maps reveal exceptional performance and good coil decoupling compared to three commercially available human coils.

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