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Abstract #4101

Multinuclear RF coil for 13C and 1H breast MR imaging at 3.0 T

Madhwesha Rama Rao1, Kristin Granlund2, Hedvig Hricak2, Jim M Wild1, and Kayvan R Keshari2
1University Of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, United States

Hyperpolarized 13C MRI enables the investigation of metabolism of breast lesions for diagnosis and to monitor disease progression. Acquiring 13C MR images along with 1H MR images using a multi-nuclear RF coil enables accurate co-registration of the images, thereby providing complementary structural and functional images. In this work, we propose a design for multinuclear 13C-1H RF coil array for breast MR imaging, and assess the performance using both RF and MRI measurements. Both 13C and 1H MR images were obtained of using phantoms.

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