Michael Moche1, Dirk Zajonz1, Tim-Ole Petersen1, Jochen Fuchs1, Gregor Thrmer1, Nikita Garnov1, Thomas Kahn1, Harald Busse1
1Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional
Radiology, Leipzig University Hospital, Leipzig, Germany
Minimally-invasive MR-guided interventions are becoming increasingly important due to a number of well-known advantages of MRI over other imaging modalities. Over the last years, different concepts for interventional assistance and instrument navigation have been described for practically all regions of the body. This work presents a compact and easily implementable concept for standard cylindrical scanners where the patient is moved out of the bore and the navigation system uses instrument positions that are properly registered to the MR coordinates of 3D anatomical roadmap data. Our preliminary clinical experience from four navigated biopsies in different regions of the body is reported.