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Abstract #4804

Modular and Versatile Multi-Row Transmit Array based on a Novel Decoupled Coil Element Design

Riccardo Stara 1 , Simone A. Winkler 2 , Ronald D Watkins 2 , Alessandra Retico 3 , Michela Tosetti 4 , and Brian K Rutt 2

1 Dipartimento di Fisica, Universit di Pisa, Pisa, Italy, 2 Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 3 Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Pisa, Italy, 4 IRCCS Stella Maris, Pisa, Italy

B 1 + shimming and parallel transmission can benefit from an increased number of transmit channels and from 3D segmentation. However, one of the remaining challenges in RF coil designs for parallel transmission is the decoupling between coil elements. We present a novel transmission line element used in a modular two-row 16-channel transmit array design. The proposed element employs cylindrical shielding to provide intrinsic geometric decoupling, without any additional hardware. The proposed 16-channel array can be configured for 8-channel single-row and 16-channel two-row mode using two Butler matrices. Numerical simulations and preliminary experiments show improved decoupling performance and B 1 + /E performance.

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