MR Temperature Imaging Toolbox for Focused Ultrasound Neurosurgery

Project Name: MR Temperature Imaging Toolbox for Focused Ultrasound Neurosurgery
Status: Complete
Primary Site: Vanderbilt University
Sponsor Organization: Focused Ultrasound Foundation
Funded Date: Jun 01, 2014
Funding Period: Jun 01, 2014 - May 31, 2016
Funding Program: Research Award
Category: Technical
Amount Awarded: $100,000.00


Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging plays a central role in non-invasive focused ultrasound surgery in the brain, by providing maps of temperature during treatment. The temperature maps are used both to steer the ultrasound beam, and to measure thermal dose. However, current MR thermometry methods provide insufficient spatial coverage and suffer large distortions, which compromises patient safety and limits the overall effectiveness of the therapy. This project aims to develop a toolbox of brain temperature imaging sequences and processing algorithms that directly address the current shortcomings of MR thermometry at each stage of therapy.

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