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7T Transmit/Receive Arrays Using ICE Decoupling for Human Head MR Imaging


In designing large-sized volume type phased array coils for human head imaging at ultrahigh fields, e.g., 7T, minimizing electromagnetic coupling among array elements is technically challenging. A new decoupling method based on induced current compensation or elimination (ICE) for a microstrip line planar array has recently been proposed. In this study, an eight-channel transmit/receive volume array with ICE-decoupled loop elements was built and investigated to demonstrate its feasibility and robustness for human head imaging at 7T. Isolation between adjacent loop elements was better than - 25 dB with a human head load. The worst-case of the isolation between all of the elements was about - 17.5 dB. All of the MRI experiments were performed on a 7T whole-body human MR scanner. Images of the phantom and human head were acquired and g-factor maps were measured and calculated to evaluate the performance of the coil array. Compared with the conventional capacitively decoupled array, the ICE-decoupled array demonstrated improved parallel imaging ability and had a higher SNR. The experimental results indicate that the transceiver array design with ICE decoupling technique might be a promising solution to designing high performance transmit/receive coil arrays for human head imaging at ultrahigh fields.
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Recommended references: Yan, Xinqiang,Feng, Baotong,Ma, ChuangXin,Wei, Long,Yan, Xinqiang,Zhang, Xiaoliang,Zhang, Xiaoliang,Xue, Rong.(2016).7T Transmit/Receive Arrays Using ICE Decoupling for Human Head MR Imaging.IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL IMAGING.[ChinaXiv:201605.01807] (Click&Copy)
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