Sascha Krüger

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PURPOSE To assess the feasibility of the use of preprocedural imaging for guide wire, catheter, and needle navigation with electromagnetic tracking in phantom and animal models. MATERIALS AND METHODS An image-guided intervention software system was developed based on open-source software components. Catheters, needles, and guide wires were constructed(More)
Current cardiac interventions are performed under 2D fluoroscopy, which comes along with well-known burdens to patients and physicians, such as x-ray exposure and the use of contrast agent. Furthermore, the navigation on complex structures such as the coronaries is complicated by the use of 2D images in which the catheter position is only visible while the(More)
AIMS Recently cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has been found feasible for the visualization of the underlying substrate for cardiac arrhythmias as well as for the visualization of cardiac catheters for diagnostic and ablation procedures. Real-time CMR-guided cavotricuspid isthmus ablation was performed in a series of six patients using a(More)
A novel fiber-reinforced material for the realization of MR guidewires, made using a newly-developed production process, is presented. The MR-safe artificial material provides a high stiffness and torque and allows the production, in a large range of sizes, of nonmetallic MR guidewires with similar mechanical properties as conventional metallic guidewires.(More)
PURPOSE Interventional magnetic resonance imaging requires dedicated and MR-compatible devices. The guidewire is a key item for intravascular interventions. Mechanical stability, good visibility during real-time imaging, and RF safety are essential. A novel fiber-compound MR guidewire (GW) was evaluated in different MR-guided interventional scenarios. (More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous cardiac interventions are currently performed under x-ray guidance. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been used to guide intravascular interventions in the past, but mainly in animals. Translation of MR-guided interventions into humans has been limited by the lack of MR-compatible and safe equipment, such as MR guide wires with(More)
Current catheter tracking in the x-ray catheter laboratory during coronary interventions is performed using 2D fluoroscopy. Although this features real-time navigation on high-resolution images, drawbacks such as overlap and foreshortening exist and hamper the diagnosis and treatment process. An alternative to fluoroscopy-based tracking is device tracking(More)
PURPOSE The permanent presence of devices (pacemakers) inside a patient, or the need to use other devices (catheters), for diagnosis and treatment, usually represents a contraindication for a magnetic resonance examination. To help overcome this problem, a novel and noninvasive magnetic resonance system-based concept is proposed to detect potentially unsafe(More)
OBJECTIVES To visualize the coronary sinus using magnetic resonance (MR), and to demonstrate the feasibility of MR-guided intubation of the cardiac venous system (CVS) in swine. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 6 pigs were investigated. All experiments were performed using an interventional 1.5-Tesla MRI system. The CVS was visualized using an(More)
To evaluate the feasibility of performing comprehensive Cardiac Magnetic resonance (CMR) guided electrophysiological (EP) interventions in a porcine model encompassing left atrial access. After introduction of two femoral sheaths 14 swine (41 ± 3.6 kg) were transferred to a 1.5 T MR scanner. A three-dimensional whole-heart sequence was acquired followed by(More)