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Mechanically assisted 3D ultrasound for pre-operative assessment and guiding percutaneous treatment of focal liver tumors
Author(s): Hamid Sadeghi Neshat; Jeffery Bax; Kevin Barker; Lori Gardi; Jason Chedalavada; Nirmal Kakani; Aaron Fenster
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Paper Abstract

Image-guided percutaneous ablation is the standard treatment for focal liver tumors deemed inoperable and is commonly used to maintain eligibility for patients on transplant waitlists. Radiofrequency (RFA), microwave (MWA) and cryoablation technologies are all delivered via one or a number of needle-shaped probes inserted directly into the tumor. Planning is mostly based on contrast CT/MRI. While intra-procedural CT is commonly used to confirm the intended probe placement, 2D ultrasound (US) remains the main, and in some centers the only imaging modality used for needle guidance. Corresponding intraoperative 2D US with planning and other intra-procedural imaging modalities is essential for accurate needle placement. However, identification of matching features of interest among these images is often challenging given the limited field-of-view (FOV) and low quality of 2D US images. We have developed a passive tracking arm with a motorized scan-head and software tools to improve guiding capabilities of conventional US by large FOV 3D US scans that provides more anatomical landmarks that can facilitate registration of US with both planning and intra-procedural images. The tracker arm is used to scan the whole liver with a high geometrical accuracy that facilitates multi-modality landmark based image registration. Software tools are provided to assist with the segmentation of the ablation probes and tumors, find the 2D view that best shows the probe(s) from a 3D US image, and to identify the corresponding image from planning CT scans. In this paper, evaluation results from laboratory testing and a phase 1 clinical trial for planning and guiding RFA and MWA procedures using the developed system will be presented. Early clinical results show a comparable performance to intra-procedural CT that suggests 3D US as a cost-effective alternative with no side-effects in centers where CT is not available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9036, Medical Imaging 2014: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 90360F (12 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2043590
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Hamid Sadeghi Neshat, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Jeffery Bax, CIMTEC (Canada)
Kevin Barker, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Lori Gardi, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Jason Chedalavada, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Nirmal Kakani, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Aaron Fenster, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
CIMTEC (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9036:
Medical Imaging 2014: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
Ziv R. Yaniv; David R. Holmes, Editor(s)

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