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A pre-operative planning framework for global registration of laparoscopic ultrasound to CT images

Ramalhinho, J; Robu, MR; Thompson, S; Gurusamy, K; Davidson, B; Hawkes, D; Barratt, D; (2018) A pre-operative planning framework for global registration of laparoscopic ultrasound to CT images. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery , 13 (8) pp. 1177-1186. 10.1007/s11548-018-1799-2. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Laparoscopic ultrasound (LUS) enhances the safety of laparoscopic liver resection by enabling real-time imaging of internal structures such as vessels. However, LUS probes can be difficult to use, and many tumours are iso-echoic and hence are not visible. Registration of LUS to a pre-operative CT or MR scan has been proposed as a method of image guidance. However, the field of view of the probe is very small compared to the whole liver, making the registration task challenging and dependent on a very accurate initialisation. METHODS: We propose the use of a subject-specific planning framework that provides information on which anatomical liver regions it is possible to acquire vascular data that is unique enough for a globally optimal initial registration. Vessel-based rigid registration on different areas of the pre-operative CT vascular tree is used in order to evaluate predicted accuracy and reliability. RESULTS: The planning framework is tested on one porcine subject where we have taken 5 independent sweeps of LUS data from different sections of the liver. Target registration error of vessel branching points was used to measure accuracy. Global registration based on vessel centrelines is applied to the 5 datasets. In 3 out of 5 cases registration is successful and in agreement with the planning. Further tests with a CT scan under abdominal insufflation show that the framework can provide valuable information in all of the 5 cases. CONCLUSIONS: We have introduced a planning framework that can guide the surgeon on how much LUS data to collect in order to provide a reliable globally unique registration without the need for an initial manual alignment. This could potentially improve the usability of these methods in clinic.

Type: Article
Title: A pre-operative planning framework for global registration of laparoscopic ultrasound to CT images
Location: Germany
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11548-018-1799-2
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11548-018-1799-2
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Feature-based registration, Global registration, Laparoscopic ultrasound, Laparoscopy, Rigid registration, Surgical planning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Surgical Biotechnology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Med Phys and Biomedical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050750
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