Reliable visualization and tracking are essential for guiding endovascular devices within blood vessels. The most commonly used methods are susceptibility artifact-based tracking that relies on the artifact created within the image by the device and microcoil- or antenna-based tracking that uses the high signal generated by small MR endovascular receive coils when the transmit coil emits a nonselective radiofrequency pulse. To date, the use of endovascular MR-guidance techniques has primarily been confined to animal experiments. There are only a few reports on MR-guided endovascular applications in patients. Therefore, access to the patient within the scanner, dedicated devices, and safety issues remain major challenges. To face these challenges, attention from all radiologists, especially interventional radiologists, is required to make MR-guided endovascular procedures a clinical reality.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging