Image Fusion Technology in Interventional Radiology

Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2023 Sep;26(3):100915. doi: 10.1016/j.tvir.2023.100915. Epub 2023 Oct 21.


Image fusion technology aims to improve patient outcomes for image-guided interventions by leveraging the strengths of multimodality imaging datasets. This most commonly involves the overlay or co-display of advanced cross-sectional imaging permitting freedom of device placement via conventional image guidance such as ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and computed tomography. This can allow the interventionalist to target and treat lesions that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to visualize and access using conventional imaging guidance. Furthermore, the use of image fusion can allow for procedures traditionally performed with cross-sectional imaging to be performed under ultrasound or fluoroscopy, by importing the data from preacquired cross-sectional imaging into the interventional procedure. This manuscript provides an overview of image fusion technologies used for interventional radiology (IR) guidance, with an emphasis on technical considerations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endovascular Procedures* / methods
  • Fluoroscopy / methods
  • Humans
  • Radiography, Interventional / methods
  • Radiology, Interventional*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography