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Automated real-time instrument tracking for microscope-integrated intraoperative OCT imaging of ophthalmic surgical maneuvers
Author(s): Mohamed T. El-Haddad; Justis P. Ehlers; Sunil K. Srivastava; Yuankai K. Tao
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Paper Abstract

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows high-resolution imaging of tissue microstructure and is the goldstandard for clinical ophthalmic diagnostics. Recent development of microscope-integrated intraoperative OCT (iOCT) systems has allowed cross-sectional imaging of surgical dynamics, but limitations in real-time visualization of instrument-tissue interactions remain the critical barrier for iOCT-guided ophthalmic surgery. Spatial compounding has been previously presented as a method for acquiring, processing, and visualizing cross-sectional iOCT images of surgical maneuvers. However, spatial compounding trades-off temporal resolution and FOV, which generally limits video-rate visualization to small regions at the tip of surgical instruments. To overcome these limitations, we present methods for automated dynamic surgical instrument tracking iOCT. B-scans are obtained along and orthogonal to the instrument axis and centered at the instrument tip at all times to allow cross-sectional visualization of ophthalmic surgical maneuvers for intraoperative guidance. Surgical instrument tracking has been previously demonstrated using different imaging modalities, including an OCT-integrated scanning probe. However, the latter uses large feature points, which are impractical in a surgical setting. Here, we describe automated stereo-vision instrument tracking, which achieves <250 μm accuracy, using tracking feature points that are easily integrated with ophthalmic surgical instruments. The instrument tracking system was integrated with an iOCT system to provide video-rate instrument tip tracked crosssectional B-scan imaging during ophthalmic surgical maneuvers, allowing visualization of tissue-instrument interactions and providing feedback on positioning, depth of penetration, and tissue compression in cadaveric porcine eyes. Real-time instrument tracked cross-sectional imaging can potentially help guide clinical decision-making during ophthalmic surgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2015
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9307, Ophthalmic Technologies XXV, 930707 (20 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080271
Show Author Affiliations
Mohamed T. El-Haddad, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute (United States)
Justis P. Ehlers, The Cleveland Clinic (United States)
Sunil K. Srivastava, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute (United States)
Yuankai K. Tao, Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9307:
Ophthalmic Technologies XXV
Fabrice Manns; Per G. Söderberg; Arthur Ho, Editor(s)

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