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Abstract #0182

A 16-channel transmit 96-channel receive head coil for NexGen 7T scanner

Shajan Gunamony1,2, Roland Müller3, Paul McElhinney1, Sydney Nicole Williams1, Nicolas Groß-Weege3,4, Nikolaus Weiskopf3,5, Harald E Möller3, and David Feinberg6
1Imaging Centre of Excellence, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2MR CoilTech Limited, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 3Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, 4Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany, 5Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, Felix Bloch Institute for Solid State Physics, Leipzig, Germany, 6Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA, United States

The NexGen 7T scanner has been designed to reach an unprecedented microscale resolution in fMRI studies of the cerebral cortex. A radiofrequency coil setup with a high density receive array is essential to capture the promised benefits. The coil design, which is already constrained by the limited space on the patient table inside the head gradient, must be robust, allow routine scanning and offer a visual field to support fMRI studies. We have developed a compact 16-channel transmit 96-channel receive head coil for the NexGen 7T scanner. In this abstract, we present the coil development and preliminary phantom results.

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