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September 1, 2010

Researchers Develop MRI Technique to Record Moving Joints and Organs

Max Plank researchers from Göttingen have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that can capture live recordings of moving joints and organs. To develop the technique, the researchers - Jens Frahm, Martin Uecker and Shuo Zhang – used the FLASH (fast low angle shot)

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Max Plank researchers from Göttingen have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that can capture live recordings of moving joints and organs.

To develop the technique, the researchers – Jens Frahm, Martin Uecker and Shuo Zhang – used the FLASH (fast low angle shot) method and radial encoding of spatial information.

The researchers then developed a new mathematical reconstruction technique to further reduce acquisition times.

The new MRI technique reduces the image capture time to one-fiftieth of a second, which makes it possible to obtain live recordings of moving joints and organs.

The scientists believe that the method can also help in the diagnosis of conditions such as myocardial insufficiency and coronary heart disease.

Because the new technique requires 30 minutes to process one minute of film, the Göttingen researchers are working closely with Siemens Healthcare to enable immediate calculation and live presentation of images while scanning.

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