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Abstract #1414

Conformal design of radio-frequency head coil for ultra-high field MRI

Tiago Martins1, Tales Santini1, Jacob Berardinelli1, Anthony DeFranco1, and Tamer S Ibrahim1
1University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

In this work, we explore a conformal Tic Tac Toe (TTT) head coil design for ultra-high field MRI. By conforming the antennas to the human head, we can extract better homogeneity allowing for better radiofrequency shimming. The comparison between the traditional TTT design and the conformal TTT design shows expanded coverage, reduction of the coefficient of variation by 0.4% and same intensity for the 16-channel version. The conformal designs are extremely flexible as its advantages can be explored for different configurations and sizes.

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