Patent Number: 6,166,544

Title: MR imaging system with interactive image contrast control

Abstract: A magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system equipped with real-time imaging capability and methods of interactively prescribing image contrast are disclosed herein. The MR imaging system includes a sequence controller for constructing MR imaging pulse sequences and a waveform memory for storing waveform segments. The MR imaging system allows an operator to interactively prescribe image contrast mechanism prior to and/or during real-time imaging. The use of image contrast waveform segments, only as needed, minimizes unnecessary MR scan time.

Inventors: Debbins; Josef P. (Waukesha, WI), Francis; Roshy J. (Waukesha, WI), Prorok; Richard J. (Waukesha, WI)

Assignee: General Electric Company

International Classification: G01R 33/54 (20060101); G01R 33/28 (20060101); G01V 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013