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Abstract #0110

Dynamic control of RF currents in conductive guidewires with an auxiliary PTx system: First in vivo experience in sheep

Felipe Godinez1, Raphael Tomi-Tricot2, Marylene Delcey3, Gunthard Lykowsky4, Steven E Williams1, Bruno Quesson3, Joseph V Hajnal1, and Shaihan J Malik1
1Biomedical Engineering Department, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, king's College London, London, United Kingdom, 2Siemens Healthcare Limited, London, United Kingdom, 3Centre de recherche Cardio-Thoracique de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 4RAPID Biomedical GmbH, Rimpar, Germany

This paper presents first in vivo results of a parallel transmit (PTx) system adept at regulating radiofrequency induced guidewire heating, during MRI guided interventions in sheep. The PTx system, which is an add-on to an unmodified conventional 1.5T scanner, regulates heating by operating in modes that couple/decouple the guidewire from the radiofrequency transmit array. With an inserted guidewire decoupling modes allow operation with unrestricted B1+ to safely visualize anatomy, while the coupling mode operated at low radiofrequency power provides safe visualization of the guidewire itself. Temperature measurements at the guidewire tip and in vivo images are shown.

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