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Evaluation and extension of a navigation system for bronchoscopy inside human lungs
Author(s): Ingmar Wegner; Juergen Biederer; Ralf Tetzlaff; Ivo Wolf; Hans-Peter Meinzer
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Paper Abstract

For exact orientation inside the tracheobronchial tree, clinicians are in urgent need of a navigation system for bronchoscopy. Such an image guided system has the ability to show the current position of a bronchoscope (instrument to inspect the inside of the lung) within the tracheobronchial tree. Thus orientation inside the complex tree structure is improved. Our approach of navigated bronchoscopy considers the problem of using a static image to navigate inside a constantly moving soft tissue. It offers a direct guidance to a preinterventionally defined target inside the bronchial tree to save intervention time spent on searching the right path and to minimize the duration of anesthesia. It is designed to adapt to the breathing cycle of the patient, so no further intervention to minimize the movement of the lung has to stress the patient. We present a newly developed navigation sensor with allows to display a virtual bronchoscopy in real time and we demonstrate an evaluation on the accuracy within a non moving ex vivo lung phantom.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6509, Medical Imaging 2007: Visualization and Image-Guided Procedures, 65091H (21 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.708199
Show Author Affiliations
Ingmar Wegner, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
Juergen Biederer, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
Ralf Tetzlaff, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
Ivo Wolf, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
Hans-Peter Meinzer, 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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