Applications of specialized coils for high-resolution MRI on a whole-body scanner

Jürgen Mäurer, Herman Requardt, Bernhard Sander, Friedrich D Knollmann, Arne Jörn Lemke, Thomas J. Vogl, Roland Felix

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To investigate the application of a mini coil surface system for high- resolution MRI, 60 volunteers were examined in a 1.5-T whole-body scanner. Two replaceable probe heads were available: a circular 2.5-cm coil and a quadratic 5-cm coil, both of which were placed directly on the skin. The skin layers, Achilles tendon and finger joints were examined with the 2.5 cm coil and a FOV of 25 x 25 mm2. A matrix of 256 x 256 pixels resulted in a pixel size of 0.098 x 0.098 mm2. For imaging of the carpal tunnel, the 5 cm coil was used in transverse orientation. The FOV was 50 x 50 mm2 so that a matrix of 256 x 256 pixels led to a pixel size of 0.195 x 0.195 mm2. The resulting spatial resolution permitted visualization of the epidermis, dermis and subcutis, resulting in clear definition of anatomical detail of the musculoskeletal system. MRI measurement of skin-layer thickness did not correlate with histometric data (p < 0.05). This discrepancy was due in part to shrinkage of the tumor specimen on histologic preparation. Other causes include the motion artifacts and the limited accuracy of determining thickness on the MRI display unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology, and Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Achilles tendon
  • finger
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • MR-imaging technology
  • skin
  • surface coils
  • tissue characterization
  • wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Genetics


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