Vergleich der suszeptibilitäts-artefakte unterschiedlicher radiofrequenzelektroden bei 0,2 T. Einfluss von elektrodenlegierung, pulssequenz und bildrekonstruktionsmethode

Translated title of the contribution: Comparison of susceptibility artifacts of different RF-electrodes at 0.2 T influence of alloy, sequence design and k-space acquisition methods

A. J. Aschoff, M. Wendt, E. M. Merkle, A. Shankaranarayanan, Y. C. Chung, J. L. Duerk, J. S. Lewin

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Purpose: Interventional MRI procedure monitoring requires small but accurate susceptibility artifacts of the instruments used. In this investigation, susceptibility artifacts of different RF-electrode designs were compared using a variety of pulse sequences and k-space acquisition methods. Methods: 4 different 18-gauge RF-electrodes (with three single electrodes made of stainless steel, copper, inconal, and a triple-clustered electrode configuration made of inconal) were placed in a 0.2 T MR-scanner perpendicular to the main magnetic field. Pulse sequences used included: TSE T2, FISP, true-FISP, PSIF, and a temperature sensitive ES-GRE sequence. In addition to the 2D Cartesian k-space trajectory with Fourier transformation (2DFT), projection reconstruction (PR) was used with the FISP, true-FISP and PSIF sequences. Results: The best tip accuracy was achieved with the combination of inconal electrodes and TSE T2. The usefulness of the tested sequences was found to be: TSE T2 > PSIF > FISP / true-FISP > ES-GRE. In general 2DFT provided better or equal tip accuracy than PR. The apparent shaft width was smaller using the copper electrode compared to the inconal electrode. However, the "match shaped" tip artifact of the copper probe led to a higher error in tip accuracy. Conclusions: TSE-T2 sequences and Cartesian 2DFT acquisitions should be used for accurate tip positioning at 0.2T. Further, artifact size of the electrode shaft prevents the use of inconal for temperature sensitive sequences. Copper electrodes can be used for these purposes, although copper is not considered to be biocompatible at present.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalRoFo Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der Rontgenstrahlen und der Bildgebenden Verfahren
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 5 2001



  • Device visualization
  • Interventional MRI
  • Radiofrequency
  • Susceptibility artifact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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