Simultaneous image acquisition utilizing hybrid body and phased array receiver coils
Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures
In clinical MR imaging the design and selection of receiver coil is an important step in ensuring the highest image quality. Often this choice is based on selecting a receiver coil characterized by high spatial uniformity such as the body and head volume receiver coils or a surface coil (or array of coils) that provide high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In the past, it has been difficult to accomplish both high SNR and spatial uniformity as both coil types achieve one of these characteristics at the expense of the other. The purpose of this study was to achieve both high SNR and spatial uniformity through the simultaneous acquisition of the MR signal using the body and a surface coil array. Results indicate that this hybrid system can provide uniformity and SNR values comparable to those achieved by the body and surface coil arrays, respectively.