|Awarded On||May 18, 2016|
|Title||A Body Coil for MR Imaging and Spectroscopy of Cancer at 7 Tesla|
|Award Mechanism||High Impact/High Risk|
|Institution/Organization||Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Steven M Wright|
|Cancer Sites||Breast, Gallbladder, Kidney and Renal Pelvis, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct, Pancreas, Prostate|
Virtually all clinical MRI uses 3 Tesla (3T) or 1.5T magnets. There are approximately 45 MRI scanners in the world with magnetic field strengths of 7T and above, one in Texas. The high magnetic field strength of the 7T magnet provides superior resolution and image quality in many studies, such as the brain and breast. Potentially far more important for cancer, 7T MRI greatly enhances the ability to measure different chemical components with magnetic resonance spectroscopy. 7T MR spectroscopy is being used to study in-vivo metabolism in ways never before possible. Unfortunately, 7T MRI systems are not available with a “body” coil, the apparatus that transmits and receives the radiofrequency s...