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Abstract #0193

8-Channel Dipolectric Antenna Array for MRI at 7T: Proof-of-Principle Study in Human Brain

Daniel Wenz1,2 and Lijing Xin1,2
1CIBM Center for Biomedical Imaging, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2Animal Imaging and Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland


In this work we introduce a new type of antenna for ultrahigh field MRI which combines the advantages of dielectric resonator and dipole antennas: dipolectric antenna. Numerical simulations were performed to benchmark our concept against a loop-dipole antenna, and significant transmit efficiency gains in the peripheral as well as deeper located regions were observed. An 8-channel dipolectric antenna array was developed, and evaluated at the bench as well as in phantom experiments. In vivo MRI/MRS experiments at 7T were conducted and it was demonstrated that dipolectric antennas can be a promising approach for ultrahigh field MRI.

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