The UQABC-ED TORO system enables MR imaging of X-uncles (23Na, 129Xe, 31P, 19F, 13C) for multiple parts of the human body. For Prostate, the UQABC-ED consists of Transmit only (TO) and Endorectal Receive only (RO) arrays to enhance the SNR, and reduce time through parallel imaging.
- Tx quadrature polarization, single tuned to 23Na frequency.
- Rx Endorectal dual tuned 23Na/1H, rigid design.
- Split design for patient access.
- Unshielded bird cage design that allows 1H imaging without removing the patient using BC.
- Asymmetric designs that accommodates large subjects/patient sizes the maximum space in the Bore.
- Supports UTE sequence for fast and low flip angle acquisition.
- Supports acquisition of b-value (0, 12, 20, 30 s/cm2).
- Friendly to PET acquisitions.
- Coil can be adapted to acquire images in TORO mode, in conjunction with Rx phased arrays.
- Easy workflow.
- High homogeneity of B1 > 95%.
- SNR equivalent to commercial MRI only 32 channel coils.
- Available for 1.5T or 3T.
In-vivo sodium imaging of the prostate showing sodium in column a, T2- weighted 1H in column c, and corrected a & c in column b.
(Courtesy of Dr. Timothy Scholl, University of Western Ontario)
Map of measured tissue sodium concentration (units of mmol/L)over the prostate