Sathya Vijayakumar1,2, Eugene G. Kholmovski1,2, Ravi Ranjan2,3, Gaston Vergara2,3, Joshua Blauer2,4, Gene Payne1,2, Nelly Volland1,2, Kamal Vij5, Gregory Gardner2,4, Peter Piferi5, Kimberly Johnson2,3, Li Pan6, Klaus Kirchberg6, Rob MacLeod2,4, Christopher J. McGann2,3, Nassir F. Marrouche2,3
1UCAIR, Department of Radiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 2CARMA Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 3Department of Cardiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 4SCI,, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 5SurgiVision Inc., Irvine, CA, USA; 6Center for Applied Medical Imaging, Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, NJ
In this work, we study the feasibility of an EP-MRI workflow for RF ablation procedures for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. This approach consists of the assessment of ablation performed in the EP-suite using MRI, and completing the ablation procedure in the MRI-suite if necessary using real time MRI guidance. This work flow may possibly reduce the number of repeat ablation procedures.