Comparison of an 8-hannel and a 32-channel coil for high-resolution fMRI at 7 T

Roy Salomon, Jana Darulova, Mayur Narsude, Wietske Van Der Zwaag

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Multi-channel receive array rf-coils have become widely available for fMRI. The improved SNR and possibility of acquisition acceleration through parallel imaging are especially beneficial for high-resolution studies. In this study, an 8-channel and a 32-channel coil were compared in a high-resolution finger tapping fMRI experiment at 7 T. 1.3 mm3 resolution data acquired with the 32-channel coil provided higher image- and temporal SNR and yielded higher BOLD sensitivity measures, notably higher cluster sizes in MI/SI and increased z-scores, though not an increase in percent signal change. For sub-millimeter resolution fMRI data acquired with the 32-channel coil smaller clusters were found, though percent signal changes were significantly larger, due to reduced partial volume effects. These results demonstrate the utility of the use of an array coil with a large number of receive elements for high-resolution fMRI at ultra-high field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalBrain Topography
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This work was supported by the Centre d’Imagerie BioMédicale (CIBM) of the UNIL, UNIGE, HUG, CHUV, EPFL and the Leenaards and Jeantet Foundations. R.S. was supported by the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) ‘‘SYNAPSY—The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases’’ financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (No 51AU40_125759).


  • 7 T
  • BOLD sensitivity
  • Coil comparison
  • Sensory-motor cortex
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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