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3D segmentation of kidney tumors from freehand 2D ultrasound
Author(s): Anis Ahmad; Derek Cool; Ben H. Chew; Stephen E. Pautler; Terry M. Peters
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Paper Abstract

To completely remove a tumor from a diseased kidney, while minimizing the resection of healthy tissue, the surgeon must be able to accurately determine its location, size and shape. Currently, the surgeon mentally estimates these parameters by examining pre-operative Computed Tomography (CT) images of the patient's anatomy. However, these images do not reflect the state of the abdomen or organ during surgery. Furthermore, these images can be difficult to place in proper clinical context. We propose using Ultrasound (US) to acquire images of the tumor and the surrounding tissues in real-time, then segmenting these US images to present the tumor as a three dimensional (3D) surface. Given the common use of laparoscopic procedures that inhibit the range of motion of the operator, we propose segmenting arbitrarily placed and oriented US slices individually using a tracked US probe. Given the known location and orientation of the US probe, we can assign 3D coordinates to the segmented slices and use them as input to a 3D surface reconstruction algorithm. We have implemented two approaches for 3D segmentation from freehand 2D ultrasound. Each approach was evaluated on a tissue-mimicking phantom of a kidney tumor. The performance of our approach was determined by measuring RMS surface error between the segmentation and the known gold standard and was found to be below 0.8 mm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6141, Medical Imaging 2006: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, 61410S (10 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.653848
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Anis Ahmad, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Derek Cool, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Ben H. Chew, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Stephen E. Pautler, Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Terry M. Peters, The Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada)
Robarts Research Institute (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6141:
Medical Imaging 2006: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Kevin R. Cleary; Robert L. Galloway, Jr., Editor(s)

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