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Abstract #2505

Flexible 32-Channel 13C MRI Head Array: An EEG-Lookalike Design Approach

Juan Diego Sánchez Heredia1, Wenjun Wang1,2, Vitaliy Zhurbenko2, and Jan Henrik Ardenkjær-Larsen1
1Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, 2Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

We propose a design concept for flexible human head coil arrays applicable to a wide frequency range. Electrically, the design relies on high decoupling obtained through a controlled high mismatched connection to the low-impedance preamplifiers. Mechanically, the array is built into a neoprene EEG cap, and made of regular-copper flexible wire. The array layout is designed to have an axis to stretch along, therefore allowing tight fit to a variety of human-head sizes. A 32-channel prototype for 13C at 3T (32.1 MHz) is presented and evaluated, showing SNR performance superior to a 13C-dedicated volume coil.

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