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Ultrasound-based liver computer assisted surgery

By: Vu, K.; Hiransakolwong, N.; Windyga, P.; Onik, G.; Medina, R.;

2004 / IEEE / 0-7803-8439-3


This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Ultrasound-based liver computer assisted surgery ' Ongoing research toward development of a computer-assisted, ultrasound-based software/hardware tool to improve instrument positioning in moving organs during minimally invasive abdominal surgery is presented. The main objective of this research is to calculate, in real time and without user intervention, the pre-/intra-operative 3D/2D image misalignment due to patient respiration and the shift induced by the surgical instrument. Our methodology applied to the particular case of the liver, and partial results related to the image registration approach, based on organ segmentation and shape description, are presented. Preliminary results are highly encouraging. Among other benefits, use of this tool will increase surgeon confidence and improve surgery outcomes.