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Abstract #0183

Whole-body Metamaterial Liner RF Coil for 1H at 4.7 T with Reduced SAR Compared to Birdcage Coil

Adam Maunder1, Ashwin Iyer2, and Nicola De Zanche1
1Oncology, Medical Physics, Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

The maximum local specific absorption rate relative to B1+ field produced increases with B0 field strength. This relationship greatly constrains the parameter space in sequence optimization due to safety limits. The metamaterial liner simulated here produces lower SAR for the same transmit excitation compared to conventional birdcage coils for whole body imaging, thereby permitting more power-intensive scan parameters to be used. The transmit efficiency and homogeneity is found to be similar between the metamaterial liner and comparable birdcage coil, while the metamaterial liner produces only 41% of the 10g localized SAR for the same transmit field.

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