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Abstract #1419

Design of transmit array coils by minimizing the modal reflected power values and increasing B1+ efficiency

Ehsan Kazemivalipour1,2, Giorgio Bonmassar3, Laleh Golestanirad4,5, and Ergin Atalar1,2
1Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM), Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 3AA. Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 4Department of Radiology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, United States, 5Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, United States

The vast majority of RF coil design techniques are based on reducing the coupling level to increase the coils' power efficiency. The assessment of scattering (S) parameters plays a crucial role in these techniques. However, just by checking S-parameters, we cannot be sure that the coil's accepted power generates a field with useful characteristics. Here, we propose to perform the co-simulation on transmit array coils and replace unknown capacitors with power sources. Extraction of the field profiles of the coil's lumped ports/elements could provide the opportunity to involve the field-dependent parameters in the minimization procedure of finding the coil's capacitors.

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