Whole-body imaging at 7T: Preliminary results

J. Thomas Vaughan, Carl J. Snyder, Lance J. Delabarre, Patrick J. Bolan, Jinfeng Tian, Lizann Bolinger, Gregor Adriany, Peter Andersen, John Strupp, Kamil Ugurbil

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


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

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