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Abstract #2510

Increased B1+ efficiency of a dipole antenna compared to a loop coil for 31P-MRS at 7T: simulations and cardiac MRSI data

Jabrane Karkouri1, Saba Shirvani1, Tiger Zhang1, Dennis Klomp2, Martijn Lunenburg3, Ladislav Valkovic4, and Christopher T. Rodgers1
1Wolfson Brain Imaging Center, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2Department of Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 3Tesla Dynamic Coils, Zaltbommel, Netherlands, 4Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

We evaluated the performance of two RF coil configurations for ultra-high field (7T) 31P-MRS applications in the body. We tested: (A) a dipole Tx/Rx + loop Rx coil vs (B) a quadrature dual-loop Tx/Rx coil. We assessed their relative performance by EM modelling simulations and through phantom and in vivo cardiac scans. Both simulations and experimental verifications indicate that there is notable improvement in terms of B1+ efficiency for the dipole+loop combination compared to quadrature loops. We extrapolate these preliminary findings to predict the performance of the dipole+loop combination if driven at 35kW total like our previous whole-body birdcage coil.

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