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Deformable three-dimensional model architecture for interactive augmented reality in minimally invasive surgery.

Submitted by holger on Tue, 2012/07/03 - 11:01
TitleDeformable three-dimensional model architecture for interactive augmented reality in minimally invasive surgery.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVemuri, AS, Wu, JC-H, Liu, K-C, Wu, H-S
JournalSurg Endosc
Date Published2012 Jun 27

BACKGROUND: Surgical procedures have undergone considerable advancement during the last few decades. More recently, the availability of some imaging methods intraoperatively has added a new dimension to minimally invasive techniques. Augmented reality in surgery has been a topic of intense interest and research. METHODS: Augmented reality involves usage of computer vision algorithms on video from endoscopic cameras or cameras mounted in the operating room to provide the surgeon additional information that he or she otherwise would have to recognize intuitively. One of the techniques combines a virtual preoperative model of the patient with the endoscope camera using natural or artificial landmarks to provide an augmented reality view in the operating room. The authors' approach is to provide this with the least number of changes to the operating room. Software architecture is presented to provide interactive adjustment in the registration of a three-dimensional (3D) model and endoscope video. RESULTS: Augmented reality including adrenalectomy, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, and retrocaval ureter and pancreas was used to perform 12 surgeries. The general feedback from the surgeons has been very positive not only in terms of deciding the positions for inserting points but also in knowing the least change in anatomy. CONCLUSIONS: The approach involves providing a deformable 3D model architecture and its application to the operating room. A 3D model with a deformable structure is needed to show the shape change of soft tissue during the surgery. The software architecture to provide interactive adjustment in registration of the 3D model and endoscope video with adjustability of every 3D model is presented.

PubMed ID22736284
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