2009 Summer Project Week fusion of MRI with voltage mapping

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Key Investigators

  • Dana C. Peters PhD, and Jason Taclas, MS, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Scar in the left atrium can be visualized using the cardiac MR late gadolinium enhancement technique. It can also be detected as low electrical voltages by invasive electrophysiology (EP) mapping systems, e.g CARTO maps. We wish to correlate the EP maps with cardiac MR images, by registering the two representations of scar, and displaying the voltage as a 3D color map. Figure 1 compares a CARTO map of the left atrium to an image of the left atrium, demonstrating the relationship between low voltage by EP, and enhancement by Cardiac MR.

Approach, Plan

Display surfaces using VTK/ITK tool already developed, with color coding to indicate voltage, with registered scar data. Extract registered voltage data to display on MR images.<foo>.


We were able to combine the voltage data from EP fused with MR. However our approach needs work. We would like to show the voltages on the MR slices, not the rendering. We would like to show the voltages maybe displayed as points not a shell--the shells are never perfect!


  • Taclas J, Wylie J, Nezafat R, Josephson M, Manning WJ, Peters DC. Correlation of Left Atrial Scar due to Pulmonary Vein Ablation with Recorded Ablation Sites. In:Journal of Cardiovascular MR. Los Angeles, CA, 2008.
  • Peters DC, Wylie JV, Hauser TH, et al. Detection of pulmonary vein and left atrial scar after catheter ablation with three-dimensional navigator-gated delayed enhancement MR imaging: initial experience. Radiology 2007; 243:690-695.