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Abstract #2267

Design of a neonatal head and cardiac imaging system and parallel-transmit volume/receive phased array for 7T MRI during early infancy

Jérémie Clément1, Kathleen Colford2, Emer Hughes2, Tomoki Arichi2,3,4, David Edwards2,3,5, Joseph Hajnal1,2, and Ozlem Ipek1
1Biomedical Engineering, Kings College London, London, United Kingdom, 2Centre for the developing brain, Kings College London, London, United Kingdom, 3Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom, 4Paediatric neurosciences, Evelina London children's hospital, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, 5MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Kings College London, London, United Kingdom

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the developing brain and heart could greatly benefit from the higher signal levels and improved tissue contrast at 7T. However, there are currently no dedicated RF coils and associated patient handling for young infants (<3-months). We describe design criteria and solutions to build the first mechanical frame and coil formers for imaging the brain and heart in infants up to 3-months of age in an integrated manner at 7T. The different parts incorporate important design aspects including mechanical sturdiness/safety, toxicity, sanitization and ease of use.

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