Real-time interactive MRI for guiding cardiovascular surgical interventions

Michael Guttman, Keith Horvath, Robert Lederman, Elliot McVeigh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Real-time magnetic resonance imaging (rtMRI) is a compelling modality for guidance of surgical interventions. An effective toolkit for planning and guidance of surgery using rtMRI includes continuously updated images with excellent soft tissue contrast, devices that are visible in the images, interactively adjustable imaging parameters, simultaneous imaging and display of multiple intersecting oblique planes, and the ability to measure blood flow and perfusion. MRI has the benefit of not exposing the patient, physician, or staff to ionizing radiation from X-rays. This chapter describes the initial experience in the development of minimally invasive surgical implantation of an aortic valve in the beating heart, using continuously updated rtMRI. The potential benefits of this approach include reduction of patient trauma from open heart surgery using cardiopulmonary bypass, and the ability to implant a more robust device than can be delivered by catheter-based methods. Since the heart is a moving target, the surgeon is guided by continuously updated images, rather than those previously acquired as in stereotactic procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImage-Guided Interventions
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and Applications
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780387738567
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Real-time interactive MRI for guiding cardiovascular surgical interventions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this