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Real-time simulation and visualization of volumetric brain deformation for image-guided neurosurgery
Author(s): Matthieu Ferrant; Arya Nabavi; Benoit M. M. Macq; Ron Kikinis; Simon Keith Warfield
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Paper Abstract

During neurosurgery, the challenge for the neurosurgeon is to remove as much as possible of a tumor without destroying healthy tissue. This can be difficult because healthy and diseased tissue can have the same visual appearance. To this aim, and because the surgeon cannot see underneath the brain surface, image-guided neurosurgery systems are being increasingly used. However, during surgery, deformation of the brain occurs (due to brain shift and tumor resection), therefore causing errors in the surgical planning with respect to preoperative imaging. In our previous work, we developed software for capturing the deformation of the brain during neurosurgery. The software also allows preoperative data to be updated according to the intraoperative imaging so as to reflect the shape changes of the brain during surgery. Our goal in this paper was to rapidly visualize and characterize this deformation over the course of surgery with appropriate tools. Therefore, we developed tools allowing the doctor to visualize (in 2D and 3D) deformations, as well as the stress tensors characterizing the deformation along with the updated preoperative and intraoperative imaging during the course of surgery. Such tools significantly add to the value of intraoperative imaging and hence could improve surgical outcomes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4319, Medical Imaging 2001: Visualization, Display, and Image-Guided Procedures, (28 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.428076
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Matthieu Ferrant, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Arya Nabavi, Brigham and Woman's Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Univ. of Kiel (United States)
Benoit M. M. Macq, Univ. Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Ron Kikinis, Brigham and Woman's Hospital/Harvard Medical School (United States)
Simon Keith Warfield, Brigham and Woman's Hospital/Harvard Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4319:
Medical Imaging 2001: Visualization, Display, and Image-Guided Procedures
Seong Ki Mun, Editor(s)

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