First flexible robotic intra-operative nuclear imaging for image-guided surgery

José Gardiazabal, Tobias Reichl, Asli Okur, Tobias Lasser, Nassir Navab

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Abstract

Functional imaging systems for intra-operative use, like freehand SPECT, have been successfully demonstrated in the past, with remarkable results. These results, even though very positive in some cases, tend to suffer from high variability depending on the expertise of the operator. A well trained operator can produce datasets that will lead to a reconstruction that can rival a conventional SPECT machine, while an untrained one will not be able to achieve such results. In this paper we present a flexible robotic functional nuclear imaging setup for intra-operative use, replacing the operator in the scanning process with a robotic arm. The robot can assure good coverage of the area of interest, thus producing a consistent scanning pattern that can be reproduced with high accuracy, and provides the option to compensate for radioactive decay. We show first results on phantoms demonstrating the feasibility of the setup to perform 3D nuclear imaging suitable for the operating room.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions - 4th International Conference, IPCAI 2013, Proceedings
Pages81-90
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event4th International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions, IPCAI 2013 - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 201326 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7915 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions, IPCAI 2013
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period26/06/1326/06/13

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