The goal in this research line is to improve MRI guidance for cardiac interventions. X-ray fluoroscopy is the mainstay for many minimally invasive interventions, however, leads to undesired levels of occupational exposure and does not provide sufficient visualization of the procedure. Consequently, many interventions such as cardiac arrhythmias have a relatively high recurrence rate.
MRI is a medical imaging modality free of ionizing radiation and rich in soft-tissue contrast, which allows for high precision during the execution of cardiac interventions. Also, quantitative techniques also allow for direct evaluation of tissue characteristics that reflect the therapeutic effect.