Improved MR-thermometry during hepatic microwave ablation by correcting for intermittent electromagnetic interference artifacts

Aiming Lu, David A. Woodrum, Joel P Felmlee, Christopher P. Favazza, Krzysztof R Gorny

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Abstract

MRI-guided microwave ablation (MWA) is a minimally invasive treatment for localized cancer. MR thermometry has been shown to be able to provide vital information for monitoring the procedure in real-time. However, MRI during active MWA can suffer from image quality degradation due to intermittent electromagnetic interference (EMI). A novel approach to correct for EMI-contaminated images is presented here to improve MR thermometry during clinical hepatic MWA. The method was applied to MR-thermometry images acquired during four MR-guided hepatic MWA treatments using a commercially available MRI-configured microwave generator system. During the treatments MR thermometry data acquisition was synchronized to respiratory cycle to minimize the impact of motion. EMI was detected and corrected using uncontaminated k-space data from nearby frames in k-space. Substantially improved temperature and thermal damage maps have been obtained and the treatment zone can be better visualized. Our ex vivo tissue sample study shows the correction introduced minimal errors to the temperature maps and thermal damage maps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Medica
Volume71
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Electromagnetic interfere correction
  • MR thermometry
  • MRI guided ablation
  • Microwave ablation
  • Proton resonance frequency shift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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