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Abstract #4886

Combined Transmit-Only Asymmetric Birdcage and Receive-Only Endorectal Surface RF Coils

Adam Farag 1 , Justin Peterson 2 , Trevor Wade 1 , Trevor Szekeres 1 , Alexei Ouriadove 3 , Eli Gibson 4 , Aaron Ward 4 , Joseph Chin 5 , Steven Pautler 6 , Glenn Bauman 5 , Cesare Romagnoli 5 , Robert Bartha 1,2 , and Timothy Scholl 1,2

1 Robarts Research Institute, Western University, London, ON, Canada, 2 Medical Biophysics, Western University, London, ON, Canada, 3 Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, ON, Canada, 4 Biomedical Engineering, Western University, ON, Canada, 5 London Health Science Center, ON, Canada, 6 St. Joseph's Health Care, ON, Canada

Though radio frequency (RF) coil is a well-established science, the challenges that an RF designer faces when applying them to MRI are unique. Particularly, the challenges of developing confined RF coil for the purpose of insertion and imaging small parts in the human body, is different. In this work we present a low frequency Endorectal RF coil for measuring sodium tissue concentration (TSC) in the prostate. This has the potential to enable researchers to understand the sodium and cancerous cells relationship. First images at 3T were obtained and analysed, coil sensitivity was corrected and measurements of TSC is possible.

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