Catheter-tracking FOV MR fluoroscopy

Ergin Atalar, Dara L. Kraitchman, Bliss Carkhuff, Jeffery Lesho, Ogan Ocali, Meiyappan Solaiyappan, Michael Alan Guttman, Harry K. Charles

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Recent improvements in intravascular magnetic resonance imaging techniques mandate an accurate method of monitoring the introduction of MR catheter probes into the vessel of interest. For this purpose, a novel imaging protocol and a display method have been designed. First, a roadmap 3D image data set with standard pulse sequences is obtained using an external imaging coil. Subsequently, using very narrow rectangular-FOV fast-spoiled gradient recalled (SPGR), a movie of the percutaneous placement procedure of an MR catheter probe is acquired at a rate of 7.3 frames/second. In this protocol, the probe is used to transmit RF pulses and receive MR signal. A computer program was written for image unwrapping and for displaying the unwrapped movie frames on the roadmap image. In an alternative protocol, the movie frames in two projection angles were acquired in an interleaved fashion. Frames were unwrapped and combined with a 3D roadmap and displayed on a Silicon Graphics workstation equipped with stereovision goggles. Using these methods, percutaneous catheter placement in a phantom and a dog was examined. In conclusion, a new visualization technique for MR catheter placement is proposed. Combining this technique with high resolution intravascular MRI techniques may result in a very useful diagnostic tool for the evaluation of atherosclerosis and other vessel diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)865-872
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1998


  • Catheter tracking
  • Interventional MRI
  • Intravascular MRI
  • MR fluoroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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