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Abstract #4501

Self-shielded and self-decoupled transmit RF array for 7T head imaging

Xinqiang Yan1,2, Yue Zhu1,2, and Ming Lu1,2
1Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, Nashville, TN, United States, 2Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, United States


Transmit (Tx) array with multiple independent coil elements is a well-recognized approach to addressing the B1 inhomogeneity and high local SAR issues at ultrahigh fields. However, Tx arrays typically have a lighter loading and more severe coil coupling. We designed a self-shielded and self-decoupled 2x8 Tx array with high inter-element isolation for 7T head imaging. Each Tx element is based on the corner-fed self-decoupled coil. Four coil elements were constructed to prove the concept is viable. The coil elements are highly decoupled (inter element response < -15 dB) while maintaining good tuning/matching characteristics (power reflection < -20 dB).

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