12 April 2005 A mutual-information-based registration algorithm for ultrasound-guided computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery
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This paper presents a novel approach and its preliminary laboratory results for the employment of ultrasound (US) imaging in intraoperative guidance of computer-assisted orthopaedic surgeries (CAOS). The goal is to register live intraoperative US images with preoperative surgical planning data using minimal number of images. Preoperatively, a set of 2D US images are acquired with the corresponding positional information of the US probe provided by an optical tracking system. Using calibration parameters, the position of every pixel in the acquired images is transformed into the world coordinate frame to construct a 3D volumetric representation of the targeted anatomy for surgical planning. Intraoperatively, the surgeon takes live US images from the patient with the position of the US probe tracked in real time. A mutual-information-based registration algorithm is then used to find the closest match to the live image in the preoperative US image database. Because the position of the preoperative image inside the US volume is known, we are able to register the preoperative US volume to the live image, thus to the patient. Experiments have shown the registration algorithm has sub-millimeter accuracy in localizing the best match between the intraoperative and pre-operative images, demonstrating great potential for orthopaedic surgery applications. This method has some significant advantages over the previously reported US-guided CAOS techniques: it requires no segmentation, and employs only a few intraoperative images to accurately and robustly localize the patient. Preliminary laboratory results on both a Sawbones model of a radius bone and human subjects are presented.
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Thomas Kuiran Chen, Thomas Kuiran Chen, Purang Abolmaesumi, Purang Abolmaesumi, "A mutual-information-based registration algorithm for ultrasound-guided computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery", Proc. SPIE 5744, Medical Imaging 2005: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, (12 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.595549; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.595549

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