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3D reconstruction of highly fragmented bone fractures
Author(s): Andrew Willis; Donald Anderson; Thad Thomas; Thomas Brown; J. Lawrence Marsh
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Paper Abstract

A system for the semi-automatic reconstruction of highly fragmented bone fractures, developed to aid in treatment planning, is presented. The system aligns bone fragment surfaces derived from segmentation of volumetric CT scan data. Each fragment surface is partitioned into intact- and fracture-surfaces, corresponding more or less to cortical and cancellous bone, respectively. A user then interactively selects fracture-surface patches in pairs that coarsely correspond. A final optimization step is performed automatically to solve the N-body rigid alignment problem. The work represents the first example of a 3D bone fracture reconstruction system and addresses two new problems unique to the reconstruction of fractured bones: (1) non-stationary noise inherent in surfaces generated from a difficult segmentation problem and (2) the possibility that a single fracture surface on a fragment may correspond to many other fragments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6512, Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing, 65121P (5 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.708683
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Willis, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (United States)
Donald Anderson, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Thad Thomas, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Thomas Brown, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
J. Lawrence Marsh, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6512:
Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing
Josien P. W. Pluim; Joseph M. Reinhardt, Editor(s)

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