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Patient identification using a near-infrared laser scanner
Author(s): Jirapong Manit; Christina Bremer; Achim Schweikard; Floris Ernst
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Paper Abstract

We propose a new biometric approach where the tissue thickness of a person's forehead is used as a biometric feature. Given that the spatial registration of two 3D laser scans of the same human face usually produces a low error value, the principle of point cloud registration and its error metric can be applied to human classification techniques. However, by only considering the spatial error, it is not possible to reliably verify a person's identity. We propose to use a novel near-infrared laser-based head tracking system to determine an additional feature, the tissue thickness, and include this in the error metric. Using MRI as a ground truth, data from the foreheads of 30 subjects was collected from which a 4D reference point cloud was created for each subject. The measurements from the near-infrared system were registered with all reference point clouds using the ICP algorithm. Afterwards, the spatial and tissue thickness errors were extracted, forming a 2D feature space. For all subjects, the lowest feature distance resulted from the registration of a measurement and the reference point cloud of the same person.

The combined registration error features yielded two clusters in the feature space, one from the same subject and another from the other subjects. When only the tissue thickness error was considered, these clusters were less distinct but still present. These findings could help to raise safety standards for head and neck cancer patients and lays the foundation for a future human identification technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10135, Medical Imaging 2017: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 101352L (3 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254963
Show Author Affiliations
Jirapong Manit, Univ. zu Lübeck (Germany)
Christina Bremer, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Achim Schweikard, Univ. zu Lübeck (Germany)
Floris Ernst, Univ. zu Lübeck (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10135:
Medical Imaging 2017: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
Robert J. Webster; Baowei Fei, Editor(s)

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