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Abstract #4264

A dedicated 3-ch breast coil for Microwave Tomography at 3T 

Xiaoyu Yang1, Thomas Eastlake1, Tsinghua Zheng1, Shireen Geimer2, Timothy Raynolds2, Paul Meaney2, and Keith Paulsen2
1Innovation, Quality Electrodynamics, LLC, Mayfield Village, OH, United States, 2Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States

MR breast imaging has high sensitivity but not high specificity. Microwave Tomography (MT) provides complimentary permittivity information that may improve specificity. MT has poor spatial resolution. Combining MR and MT may address both spatial and specificity issues. Previous MT and MR work demonstrated the MT-MR combination potential. However, there is no dedicated MR coil available for MT-MR combination. The only available coils are the whole-body coil or a single-loop coil that have poor MR image quality. A dedicated 3-ch MRI coil is proposed here for superior MRI imaging quality which enables the next step MT-MR volunteer evaluation.

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