Real Time Interactive Volumetric Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The invention makes possible "live" volume renderings from a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. Previously, volume renderings from MRI data could only be generated off-line, some time after the image data was collected. In one embodiment of the invention, the time between data collection and volume rendering update (the latency) is approximately one third of a second at a frame rate of approximately 10 updates per second. User interaction with the rendering, such as rotation and cut planes, is allowed during imaging. This gives a caregiver real-time three-dimensional feedback while manipulating devices within a patient's body. The invention may be of benefit to several types of image-guided interventional procedures, including cardiac catheterization, tumor removal, ablation or biopsies.


Michael Guttman (NHLBI)  ➽ more inventions...

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Intellectual Property:
US Pat: 8,068,893 issued 2011-11-29
PCT Pat: 9,008,751 issued 2015-04-14
US Application No. 10/076,882 filed on 2002-02-14

Licensing Contact:
Michael Shmilovich, J.D.
Phone: 301-435-5019

OTT Reference No: E-082-2001-0
Updated: Jul 1, 2001