Application of keyhole imaging to interventional MRI: a simulation study to predict sequence requirements

J Magn Reson Imaging. Nov-Dec 1996;6(6):918-24. doi: 10.1002/jmri.1880060613.


A wide variety of techniques have been proposed recently to improve the temporal resolution of MRI. These include echo-planar imaging methods, wavelet encoding, singular value decomposition encoding, and k-space sharing methods known as "keyhole" imaging. In this work, we use a simulation study to investigate the phase-encoding ordering and data-sharing methods required for the application of keyhole imaging to interventional MRI (I-MRI). The advantages of keyhole imaging over other methods are its simplicity and the use of conventional phase encoding and Fourier transform reconstruction found on virtually all modern MR imagers. Our analysis has predicted that conventional keyhole methods that repeatedly acquire only the center portion of k space, and those that sequentially progress from the center of k space outward, will not meet the combination of temporal and spatial resolution required for tip localization during I-MRI needle insertion. Instead, acquisitions that acquire both high and low k-space data, in ranked order, should provide acceptable tip position and needle width accuracy in both temporal and spatial domains for use in I-MRI.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Artifacts
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / statistics & numerical data
  • Needles
  • Phantoms, Imaging
  • Radiology, Interventional / methods*
  • Radiology, Interventional / statistics & numerical data
  • Time Factors