Motion compensation strategies in magnetic resonance imaging

Ruud B. van Heeswijk, Gabriele Bonanno, Simone Coppo, Andrew Coristine, Tobias Kober, Matthias Stuber

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Image quality in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is considerably affected by motion. Therefore, motion is one of the most common sources of artifacts in contemporary cardiovascular MRI. Such artifacts in turn may easily lead to misinterpretations in the images and a subsequent loss in diagnostic quality. Hence, there is considerable research interest in strategies that help to overcome these limitations at minimal cost in time, spatial resolution, temporal resolution, and signal-to-noise ratio. This review summarizes and discusses the three principal sources of motion: the beating heart, the breathing lungs, and bulk patient movement. This is followed by a comprehensive overview of commonly used compensation strategies for these different types of motion. Finally, a summary and an outlook are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-119
Number of pages21
JournalCritical reviews in biomedical engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Gating
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Motion correction
  • Navigators
  • Triggering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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