Haris Saybasili1,2, Anthony Z. Faranesh1, Christina E. Saikus1, Cengizhan Ozturk2, Robert J. Lederman1, Michael A. Guttman1
1Translational Medicine Branch National Heart Lung Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA; 2Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
We present a new software system that creates colored MIPs in real-time using pre-acquired MRA and MRCP data, and that allows us to render and to display dynamically these 3D MIPs with different colors interactively in real-time, by alpha-blending them with real-time reconstructed multi-slice images. The colorization improves the visibility of the vascular structures and will help to identify the orientation and the location of devices in real-time during MRI guided procedures, such as TIPS, angioplasty, biopsy, stent placement, and electrophysiology applications. Our software has the potential of improving patient safety and procedure efficacy for MRI-guided interventional applications.