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Abstract #4137

Benefits, Limitations, and Improving the Future of MRI-Guided Endovascular Catheter Tracking

Nicholas Whiting 1 , Jingzhe Hu 1,2 , and Pratip Bhattacharya 1

1 Cancer Systems Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, United States, 2 Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, United States

While visualizing the movement of catheters during endovascular interventions is typically accomplished using x-ray fluoroscopy, there are many potential advantages to developing MRI-based approaches that will allow for three-dimensional imaging of the tissue/vasculature interface while monitoring other physiologically-relevant criteria, without exposing the patient or clinician team to potentially harmful ionizing radiation. In this educational session, we will discuss the various benefits and current limitations of MRI-guided catheter tracking, as well as open a dialogue as to how we can improve this technique and allow large-scale adoption of MRI-guided catheter tracking that may benefit patients and clinicians alike.

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