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Real-time respiratory motion tracking: roadmap correction for hepatic artery catheterizations
Author(s): Selen Atasoy; Martin Groher; Darko Zikic; Ben Glocker; Tobias Waggershauser; Marcus Pfister; Nassir Navab
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Paper Abstract

Nowadays, hepatic artery catheterizations are performed under live 2D X-ray fluoroscopy guidance, where the visualization of blood vessels requires the injection of contrast agent. The projection of a 3D static roadmap of the complex branches of the liver artery system onto 2D fluoroscopy images can aid catheter navigation and minimize the use of contrast agent. However, the presence of a significant hepatic motion due to patient's respiration necessitates a real-time motion correction in order to align the projected vessels. The objective of our work is to introduce dynamic roadmaps into clinical workflow for hepatic artery catheterizations and allow for continuous visualization of the vessels in 2D fluoroscopy images without additional contrast injection. To this end, we propose a method for real-time estimation of the apparent displacement of the hepatic arteries in 2D flouroscopy images. Our approach approximates respiratory motion of hepatic arteries from the catheter motion in 2D fluoroscopy images. The proposed method consists of two main steps. First, a filtering is applied to 2D fluoroscopy images in order to enhance the catheter and reduce the noise level. Then, a part of the catheter is tracked in the filtered images using template matching. A dynamic template update strategy makes our method robust to deformations. The accuracy and robustness of the algorithm are demonstrated by experimental studies on 22 simulated and 4 clinical sequences containing 330 and 571 image frames, respectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6918, Medical Imaging 2008: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling, 691815 (20 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.760985
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Selen Atasoy, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Martin Groher, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Darko Zikic, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Ben Glocker, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Tobias Waggershauser, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. (Germany)
Marcus Pfister, Siemens AG Medical Solutions (Germany)
Nassir Navab, Technische Univ. München (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6918:
Medical Imaging 2008: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling
Michael I. Miga; Kevin Robert Cleary, Editor(s)

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