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In-vitro evaluation of a novel needle-based soft tissue navigation system with a respiratory liver motion simulator
Author(s): L. Maier-Hein; S. A. Müller; F. Pianka; A. Seitel; B. P. Müller-Stich; C. N. Gutt; U. Rietdorf; G. Richter; H.-P. Meinzer; B. M. Schmied; I. Wolf
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we evaluate the target position estimation accuracy of a novel soft tissue navigation system with a custom-designed respiratory liver motion simulator. The system uses a real-time deformation model to estimate the position of the target (e.g. a tumor) during a minimally invasive intervention from the location of a set of optically tracked needle-shaped navigation aids which are placed in the vicinity of the target. A respiratory liver motion simulator was developed to evaluate the performance of the system in-vitro. It allows the mounting of an explanted liver which can be moved along the longitudinal axis of a corpus model to simulate breathing motion. In order to assess the accuracy of our system we utilized an optically trackable tool as target and estimated its position continuously from the current position of the navigation aids. Four different transformation types were compared as base for the real-time deformation model: Rigid transformations, thinplate splines, volume splines, and elastic body splines. The respective root-mean-square target position estimation errors are 2.15 mm, 1.60 mm, 1.88 mm, and 1.92 mm averaged over a set of experiments obtained from a total of six navigation aid configurations in two pig livers. The error is reduced by 76.3%, 82.4%, 79.3%, and 78.8%, respectively, compared to the case when no deformation model is applied, i.e., a constant organ position is assumed throughout the breathing cycle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6509, Medical Imaging 2007: Visualization and Image-Guided Procedures, 650916 (21 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.707896
Show Author Affiliations
L. Maier-Hein, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
S. A. Müller, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
F. Pianka, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
A. Seitel, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
B. P. Müller-Stich, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
C. N. Gutt, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
U. Rietdorf, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
G. Richter, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
H.-P. Meinzer, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
B. M. Schmied, Univ. of Heidelberg (Germany)
I. Wolf, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6509:
Medical Imaging 2007: Visualization and Image-Guided Procedures
Kevin R. Cleary; Michael I. Miga, Editor(s)

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