Patent Number: 6,396,266

Title: MR imaging system with interactive MR geometry prescription control

Abstract: A magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system equipped with real-time imagingcapability and methods of interactively prescribing geometry to excitationprofiles of structure of interest, are disclosed herein. The MR imagingsystem includes a graphical user interface for displaying and receivingprescription commands, a display screen for displaying MR images and thegraphical user interface, and an input device for inputting prescriptioncommands. The MR imaging system allows an operator to prescribe theboundary geometry of a subsequent imaging volume and to rapidly view theprescribed boundary imaging sections prior to committing to the subsequentimaging volume acquisition. The MR imaging system also allows the operatorto retrieve boundary geometry of a previously prescribed imaging volumeand to rapidly view the imaging sections corresponding to the retrievedboundary geometry prior to initiating the image volume acquisition.

Inventors: Debbins; Josef P. (Waukesha, WI), Prorok; Richard J. (Waukesha, WI), Balloni; William J. (Menomonee Falls, WI)


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

Expiration Date: 05/28/2014