Eva Rothgang1,2, Wesley David Gilson2, Joerg Roland3, Joachim Hornegger1, Christine H. Lorenz2
1Pattern Recognition Lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany; 2Center for Applied Medical Imaging, Siemens Corporation, Corporate Research, Baltimore, MD, United States; 3Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany
Thermal ablations are increasingly used for minimally invasive local treatment of solid malignancies, supplementing systemic treatment strategies such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy. We present an intuitive application for monitoring thermal treatment independent of heating source, in real-time, with multiplanar MRI. Systematic quality control of thermal maps is carried out on-line to ensure reliability of the displayed thermal data. The application is fully integrated into the Interactive Front End (IFE) which allows real-time MRI-guided placement of the heating device. Thus, the presented application supports the thermal ablation workflow from placing the ablation device to online monitoring the progress of ablation.