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Keywords:

  • RF coil design;
  • 7T;
  • transmit array coil;
  • parallel imaging;
  • high-field MRI;
  • transmission line coil;
  • flexible array coil

Abstract

A novel geometrically adjustable transceiver array system is presented. A key feature of the geometrically adjustable array was the introduction of decoupling capacitors that allow for automatic change in capacitance dependent on neighboring resonant element distance. The 16-element head array version of such an adjustable coil based on transmission line technology was compared to fixed geometry transmission line arrays (TLAs) of various sizes at 7T. The focus of this comparison was on parallel imaging performance, RF transmit efficiency, and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Significant gains in parallel imaging performance and SNR were observed for the new coil and attributed to its adjustability and to the design of the individual elements with a three-sided ground plane. Magn Reson Med, 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.