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Abstract #4275

Two-Channel, Stretchable, and Flexible Breast Coil Array

Jana Vincent1,2 and Joseph Rispoli1,3
1Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States, 2Basic Medical Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States, 3School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States

Given the decrease in mammography sensitivity for those with denser breast tissue, MRI is often utilized for supplemental screening. Here we present a stretchable, flexible, two-channel breast RF coil array that allows for a customized fit to the breast and closest possible positioning to the skin. This coil array was created by utilizing conductive thread, stitched onto polyester/spandex blend fabric. Clear images of both the phantom and in-vivo were obtained. Omnidirectional stretching provided increased patient comfort and customized fit. With this close proximity, greater sensitivity can be achieved when compared to traditional breast coils.

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