Multiple receive coil arrays are often designed for unilateral imaging of anatomy having bilateral symmetry. A technique is described for extending the utility of such arrays to simultaneously image both bilaterally symmetric anatomical features, A separate, complete multiple receive coil array is placed at each location. Two separate, noncontiguous 3D volumes are then acquired, one at each location, in an interleaved fashion. High-impedance blocking networks are alternately activated and deactivated to minimize coupling between the arrays. It is demonstrated that there is no degradation in image quality when compared to a unilateral exam. A general method for analyzing the interactions between separate multiple coil arrays is presented.
- Bilateral imaging
- Multicoil array
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging