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25 April 1997 Registration of head volume images using implantable fiducial markers
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In this paper, we describe an extrinsic point-based, interactive image-guided neurosurgical system designed at Vanderbilt University as part of a collaborative effort among the departments of neurological surgery, computer science, and biomedical engineering. Multimodal image-to- image and image-to-physical registration is accomplished using implantable markers. Physical space tracking is accomplished with optical triangulation. We investigate the theoretical accuracy of point-based registration using numerical simulations, the experimental accuracy of our system using data obtained with a phantom, and the clinical accuracy of our system using data acquired in a prospective clinical trial by six neurosurgeons at four medical centers from 158 patients undergoing craniotomies to resect cerebral lesions. We can determine the position of our markers with an error of approximately 0.4 mm in x-ray computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) images and 0.3 mm in physical space. The theoretical registration error using four such markers distributed around the head in a configuration that is clinically practical is approximately 0.5 - 0.6 mm. The mean CT-physical registration error for the phantom experiments is 0.5 mm and for the clinical data obtained with rigid head fixation during scanning is 0.7 mm. The mean CT-MR registration error for the clinical data obtained without rigid head fixation during scanning is 1.4 mm, which is the highest mean error that we observed. These theoretical and experimental findings indicate that this system is an accurate navigational aid that can provide real-time feedback to the surgeon about anatomical structures encountered in the surgical field.
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Calvin R. Maurer Jr., J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Matthew Yang Wang, Robert L. Galloway Jr., Robert J. Maciunas, and George S. Allen "Registration of head volume images using implantable fiducial markers", Proc. SPIE 3034, Medical Imaging 1997: Image Processing, (25 April 1997);

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