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15 March 2013 Experimental platform for intra-uterine needle placement procedures
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A framework has been investigated to enable a variety of comparative studies in the context of needle–based gynaecological brachytherapy. Our aim was to create an anthropomorphic phantom–based platform. The three main elements of the platform are the organ model, needle guide, and needle drive. These have been studied and designed to replicate the close environment of brachytherapy treatment for cervical cancer. Key features were created with the help of collaborating interventional radio–oncologists and the observations made in the operating room. A phantom box, representing the uterus model, has been developed considering available surgical analogies and operational limitations, such as organs at risk. A modular phantom–based platform has been designed and prototyped with the capability of providing various boundary conditions for the target organ. By mimicking the female pelvic floor, this framework has been used to compare a variety of needle insertion techniques and configurations for cervical and uterine interventions. The results showed that the proposed methodology is useful for the investigation of quantifiable experiments in the intraabdominal and pelvic regions.
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Yashar Madjidi, Tamás Haidegger, Wolfgang Ptacek, Daniel Berger, Christian Kirisits, Gernot Kronreif, and Gabor Fichtinger "Experimental platform for intra-uterine needle placement procedures", Proc. SPIE 8671, Medical Imaging 2013: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 86711L (15 March 2013);

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