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Abstract #0410

A Novel Method for Contact-Free Cardiac Synchronization Using the Pilot Tone Navigator

Lea Schroeder1, Jens Wetzl1,2, Andreas Maier1,2, Lars Lauer3, Jan Bollenbeck4, Matthias Fenchel3, and Peter Speier3

1Pattern Recognition Lab, Department of Computer Science, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, 2Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany, 3Magnetic Resonance, Product Definition and Innovation, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany, 4Magnetic Resonance, Research and Development, Hardware, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

We evaluate the information content of externally generated Pilot Tone signals, received with standard MR local coils, with respect to cardiac motion. Free-breathing and breathhold fluoroscopic measurements were performed with applied electrocardiogram leads to provide ground truth. Average mean correlation between RR intervals of our method and the ground truth was 0.95. Our early results indicate that locally generated PT signals contain information about cardiac motion and suggest that the proposed method could be developed into an electrocardiogram replacement by providing a continuous signal for retrospective gating with minimal hardware requirements.

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