Feasibility of real-time magnetic resonance imaging-guided electrophysiology studies in humans
EP Europace, 08/08/2012
Sommer P et al. – This is the first series of patients with real–time MRI–guided placement of multiple catheters with subsequent performance of stimulation maneuvers. Besides the mentioned benefits, this technology still encounters several limitations, which have to be solved before application in a routine clinical setting. Challenges arise from delineation of precise surface electrocardiogram recordings in the MRI setting along with intracardiac electrograms, easier handling and visualization of catheters, facilitation of immediate defibrillation in the MRI setting and implementation of an active catheter tracking system.