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Marker orientation in fiducial registration
Author(s): Xiaofeng Liu; Hakan Cevikalp; J. Michael Fitzpatrick
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Paper Abstract

Fiducial markers are often employed in image-guided surgical procedures to provide positional information based on pre-operative images. In the standard technique, centroids of three or more markers are localized in both image space and physical space. The localized positions are used in a closed-form algorithm to determine the three-dimensional rigid-body transformation that will register the two spaces in the least-squares sense. In this work we present (1) a method for determining the orientation of the axis of symmetry of a cylindrical marker in a tomographic image and (2) an extension to the standard approach to rigid-body registration that utilizes the orientation of marker axes as an adjunct to the positions of their centroids. The extension is a closed-form, least-squares solution. Unlike the standard approach, the extension is capable of three-dimensional registration with only two markers. We evaluate the accuracy of the former method by means of CT and MR images of markers attached to a phantom and the accuracy of the latter method by means of computer simulations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5032, Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing, (15 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.480860
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaofeng Liu, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Hakan Cevikalp, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5032:
Medical Imaging 2003: Image Processing
Milan Sonka; J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Editor(s)

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