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Image-guided ex-vivo targeting accuracy using a laparoscopic tissue localization system
Author(s): Jerry Bieszczad; Eric Friets; Darin Knaus; Thomas Rauth; Alan Herline; Michael Miga; Robert Galloway; David Kynor
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Paper Abstract

In image-guided surgery, discrete fiducials are used to determine a spatial registration between the location of surgical tools in the operating theater and the location of targeted subsurface lesions and critical anatomic features depicted in preoperative tomographic image data. However, the lack of readily localized anatomic landmarks has greatly hindered the use of image-guided surgery in minimally invasive abdominal procedures. To address these needs, we have previously described a laser-based system for localization of internal surface anatomy using conventional laparoscopes. During a procedure, this system generates a digitized, three-dimensional representation of visible anatomic surfaces in the abdominal cavity. This paper presents the results of an experiment utilizing an ex-vivo bovine liver to assess subsurface targeting accuracy achieved using our system. During the experiment, several radiopaque targets were inserted into the liver parenchyma. The location of each target was recorded using an optically-tracked insertion probe. The liver surface was digitized using our system, and registered with the liver surface extracted from post-procedure CT images. This surface-based registration was then used to transform the position of the inserted targets into the CT image volume. The target registration error (TRE) achieved using our surface-based registration (given a suitable registration algorithm initialization) was 2.4 mm ± 1.0 mm. A comparable TRE (2.6 mm ± 1.7 mm) was obtained using a registration based on traditional fiducial markers placed on the surface of the same liver. These results indicate the potential of fiducial-free, surface-to-surface registration for image-guided lesion targeting in minimally invasive abdominal surgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6509, Medical Imaging 2007: Visualization and Image-Guided Procedures, 65091A (22 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.713884
Show Author Affiliations
Jerry Bieszczad, Creare Inc. (United States)
Eric Friets, Creare Inc. (United States)
Darin Knaus, Creare Inc. (United States)
Thomas Rauth, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Alan Herline, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Michael Miga, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Robert Galloway, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
David Kynor, Creare Inc. (United States)

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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