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Keywords:

  • 7T body MRI;
  • 7T cardiac MRI;
  • 7T breast MRI;
  • 7T breast MRS, 7T whole body coil

Abstract

The objective of this study was to investigate the feasibility of whole-body imaging at 7T. To achieve this objective, new technology and methods were developed. Radio frequency (RF) field distribution and specific absorption rate (SAR) were first explored through numerical modeling. A body coil was then designed and built. Multichannel transmit and receive coils were also developed and implemented. With this new technology in hand, an imaging survey of the “landscape” of the human body at 7T was conducted. Cardiac imaging at 7T appeared to be possible. The potential for breast imaging and spectroscopy was demonstrated. Preliminary results of the first human body imaging at 7T suggest both promise and directions for further development. Magn Reson Med 61:244–248, 2009. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.