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Real-time cardiac MRI

Real-Time Cardiac MRI Workshop

July 10, 2003 - Toronto, Ontario

With recent improvements in system hardware and software, MRI can now generate images at more than 10 frames per second with interactive display and control. These capabilities create many opportunities to expand the role of MRI in cardiac disease assessment and intervention guidance.

In this workshop, we bring together experts to provide an overview of the state-of-the art in critical components of real-time cardiac MRI technology and to promote discussion of future directions in the development of tools and applications in this area. Topics will include:

  • an overview of clinical motivations;
  • a review of real-time systems design encompassing rapid image acquisition, reconstruction, visualization, and interactive control; and
  • a summary of applications of this technology to characterization of coronary anatomy and hemodynamic physiology as well as catheter visualization for guidance of therapeutic interventions.

This workshop will be of particular interest to physicists and engineers interested in cardiac imaging as well as clinical scientists interested in the application of real-time MRI to cardiac diseases.