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Abstract #1577

Development of a Dedicated Mono-surface 16-Element Transceiver Dipole Antenna Array for Parallel Transmission Cardiac MRI in Pigs at 7 Tesla

Ibrahim A. Elabyad1, Maxim Terekhov1, Michael Hock1, David Lohr1, and Laura M. Schreiber1
1Chair of Molecular and Cellular Imaging, Comprehensive Heart Failure Center (CHFC), University Hospital Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

To improve parallel imaging performance for cardiac MRI in pigs at 7T, a dedicated transceiver 16-element antisymmetric dipole antenna array was developed and tested. EMF-simulations were performed with the antisymmetric dipole array loaded with a dedicated pig thorax-shaped phantom. Imaging performance of the dipole array was validated through MR-measurements in a pig phantom and an 85kg pig cadaver. The dipole array demonstrated a threefold improvement in coefficient-of-variation of the measured FA maps after $$${B_1^+}$$$-shimming using the vendor integrated pTx-platform. Parallel imaging with acceleration factor up to R=4 was possible while maintaining a mean g-factor of 1.13 within the pig heart.

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