Cardiac and Interventional MRI at Parnassus

Our interventional magnet is a Philips Ambition 1.5T.  It features a 70cm bore, 45mT/m (peak) and 200mT/m/ms (slew) gradients, and a sealed magnet design that assures there will be no helium expulsion. 

  • Neurovascular Imaging
  • Endovascular MR Methods
  • Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Guidance
  • Cardiac Imaging

Our core features a wide bore 1.5T MRI (Philips Ambition) in an operating room like environment.  The magnet is a sealed design that requires <7 litres of liquid helium and does not require a quench pipe.  The system has a gradient system capable of 45mT/m amplitudes and 200T/m/s slew rates and is operating with MR Workspace (R11.1) software.

The suite is optimized for minimally invasive endovascular or percutaneous procedures and neurosurgical procedures requiring burr hole access.  The MR system is well configured for cardiac, vascular and neurological MR studies and is reserved for research studies on Wednesdays.  Preference is given to research studies that would benefit from an inpatient scanning environment.  Scan time must be booked at least one week in advance due to the high clinical demand for this imaging resource.