Visualisation, tracking and navigation of instruments for MRI-guided interventional procedures

M. Wendt, Q. Zhang, A. Melzer, E. DuPont, J. S. Lewin, J. L. Duerk

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Interventional procedures using magnetic resonance (MR) image-guidance have recently increased in interest. A variety of methodologies for visualising and automatically tracking instruments, including endoscopes, RF ablation electrodes and catheters, have been developed and introduced to help the interventionist to safely guide the device towards the target tissue. This article describes and compares characteristics of the four most commonly-used localisation and tracking systems for MRI-guided interventional procedures: those based on the susceptibility artifact of the device; those which intentionally created field inhomogeneity along the device; those relying on an optical tracking system; and active tracking systems using micro-receive coils.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalMinimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Device tracking
  • Fast imaging
  • Interventional MRI
  • Interventional procedures
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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