A multielement RF coil for MRI guidance of interventional devices

Qiang Zhang, Michael Wendt, Andrik J. Aschoff, Jonathan S. Lewin, Jeffrey L. Duerk

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Accurate localization of minimally invasive devices is critical to the success of interventional procedures. Device orientation and tip position are two of the most important pieces of information needed to define device location for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided interventional procedures. While a single one-element micro coil incorporated into an interventional device has proven to be effective in some applications, it can only supply tip position information. However, multiple positions on the device are necessary to also determine its orientation. For this purpose, a novel single micro coil design with three separate winding elements that provides both the device orientation and tip position is described in this study. Definition of MR scan planes, by using the device orientation and the target tissue location, permits automatic tracking of the insertion of the device. Furthermore, devices that include this coil design are permitted to bend to a limited extent. This makes the micro coil design appropriate for many flexible interventional devices. Reliable near-real-time tracking of three points on an interventional device is demonstrated on a 0.2T MRI system with modest gradient performance. Phantom and in vivo animal experiments are used to demonstrate the utility of this new coil design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-62
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Device visualization
  • Interventional MRI
  • MR guidance
  • Micro RF coil design
  • Tip tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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