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10 March 2006 Comparative study of brain deformation estimation methods
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Shift of brain tissues during surgical procedures affects the precision of image-guided neurosurgery (IGNS). To improve the accuracy of the alignment between the patient and images, finite element model-based non-rigid registration methods have been investigated. The best prior estimate (BPE), the forced displacement method (FDM), the weighted basis solutions (WBS), and the adjoint equations method (AEM) are versions of this approach that have appeared in the literature. In this paper, we present a quantitative comparison study on a set of three patient cases. Three-dimensional displacement data from the surface and subsurface was extracted using the intra-operative ultrasound (iUS) and intraoperative stereovision (iSV). These data are then used as the "ground truth" in a quantitative study to evaluate the accuracy of estimates produced by the finite element models. Different types of clinical cases are presented, including distension and combination of sagging and distension. In each case, a comparison of the performance is made with the four methods. The AEM method which recovered 26-62% of surface brain motion and 20-43% of the subsurface deformation, produced the best fit between the measured data and the model estimates.
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Fenghong Liu, Keith D. Paulsen, Karen E. Lunn, Hai Sun, Alexander Hartov, Ziji Wu, and David W. Roberts M.D. "Comparative study of brain deformation estimation methods", Proc. SPIE 6141, Medical Imaging 2006: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, 61411D (10 March 2006);

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