Pushing the frontier
Magnetic Resonance imaging has traditionally been a mixture of weighted tissue properties, provided by sequential, repetitive data-acquisition with fixed parameters. Diagnostic evaluation was purely qualitative, and highly dependent on system parameters. Now, Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF) makes it possible to glean quantitative information from scans that can enable decisions based on digital tissue data, and the target anatomy can be described objectively. Our developments in MRF are pushing the frontier farther, helping to improve diagnostic accuracy, and leading to more personalized treatment.
What is MRF?
Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF) uses absolute quantifiable data to generate a more precise understanding of a patient’s condition. Quantitative MRF offers enormous potential to enable less invasive diagnostics by identifying morphological changes that can contribute to therapy decisions and treatment evaluation. Unique signal patterns are recorded as fingerprints of tissues. These recorded fingerprints are matched against a dictionary with pre-calculated theoretical fingerprints. The best match reveals the underlying bio-parameter values used to calculate this theoretical fingerprint. The MRF Development Kit is a new tool that allows users to set their own parameters ranges for their specific research needs. The MR Robust Quantitative Tool (MR RoQT) enables simultaneous visualization of data from a variety of parameter maps.