A brief review of hardware for catheter tracking in magnetic resonance imaging

Jeffrey L. Duerk, Eddy Y. Wong, Jonathan S. Lewin

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has traditionally been used exclusively in a role for patient diagnosis. However, it is unlikely that this role is sufficient for its continued prominence in medical imaging. Instead, the more ambitious role in diagnosis and also therapy/intervention will occur as demand for minimally invasive procedures increases. Fortunately, with recent improvement in technical specifications and creative pulse sequence design, MRI systems can now provide high quality near-real-time images that facilitate a variety of image-guided procedures, many based around delivery via catheters. While X-ray opacity is not available as a means for detecting the progression of the catheter in MRI systems today, a variety of novel hardware devices have been designed and used for MRI catheter tracking. This report provides a brief review of some fundamental methods for catheter tracking in MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalMagnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Catheter
  • Hardware
  • Intervention
  • MRI
  • Tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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