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Abstract #0181

A Patient-Friendly 16ch Tx / 64ch Rx Array for Combined Head and Neck Imaging at 7 Tesla

Markus W. May1, Sam-Luca J.D. Hansen1, Nicolas Kutscha1, Gurinder Kaur Multani1, Mirsad Mahmutovic1, Matthäus Poniatowski1, Rene Gumbrecht2, Ralph Kimmlingen2, Markus Adriany2, Yulin Chang3, Bastien Guerin4, Christina Triantafyllou2, Lawrence L. Wald4, and Boris Keil1
1Institute of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection (IMPS), TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences, Giessen, Germany, 2Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany, 3Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., Malvern, PA, United States, 4A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Dept of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States

A 16chTx / 64chRx head-neck array coil was designed, constructed, and validated at 7T ultra-high field (UHF) MRI. The clinical benefits of UHF neuroimaging were increased by extending coil coverage from the brain region to include the cervical spine. To increase patient compliance, the commonly employed separated transmit and receive coil array functionalities at UFH were combined into one anatomically shaped close-fitting housing which is fully splitable for patient access.

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