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Biopsy Planner - Visual Analysis for Needle Pathway Planning in Deep Seated Brain Tumor Biopsy

Paul Herghelegiu, Vasile Manta, Radu Perin, Stefan Bruckner, M. Eduard Gröller

JOURNAL ARTICLE: Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 1085–1094, 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8659.2012.03101.x

Abstract

Biopsies involve taking samples from living tissue using a biopsy needle. In current clinical practice they are a first mandatory step before any further medical actions are planned. Performing a biopsy on a deep seated brain tumor requires considerable time for establishing and validating the desired biopsy needle pathway to avoid damage. In this paper, we present a system for the visualization, analysis, and validation of biopsy needle pathways. Our system uses a multi-level approach for identifying stable needle placements which minimize the risk of hitting blood vessels. This is one of the major dangers in this type of intervention. Our approach helps in identifying and visualizing the point on the pathway that is closest to a surrounding blood vessel, requiring a closer inspection by the neurosurgeon. An evaluation by medical experts is performed to demonstrate the utility of our system.

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@ARTICLE{Herghelegiu-2012-BPV,
  author = {Paul Herghelegiu and Vasile Manta and Radu Perin and Stefan Bruckner
	and M. Eduard Gr{\"o}ller},
  title = {Biopsy Planner - Visual Analysis for Needle Pathway Planning in Deep
	Seated Brain Tumor Biopsy},
  journal = {Computer Graphics Forum},
  year = {2012},
  volume = {31},
  pages = {1085--1094},
  number = {3},
  month = jun,
  abstract = {Biopsies involve taking samples from living tissue using a biopsy
	needle. In current clinical practice they are a first mandatory step
	before any further medical actions are planned. Performing a biopsy
	on a deep seated brain tumor requires considerable time for establishing
	and validating the desired biopsy needle pathway to avoid damage.
	In this paper, we present a system for the visualization, analysis,
	and validation of biopsy needle pathways. Our system uses a multi-level
	approach for identifying stable needle placements which minimize
	the risk of hitting blood vessels. This is one of the major dangers
	in this type of intervention. Our approach helps in identifying and
	visualizing the point on the pathway that is closest to a surrounding
	blood vessel, requiring a closer inspection by the neurosurgeon.
	An evaluation by medical experts is performed to demonstrate the
	utility of our system.},
  doi = {10.1111/j.1467-8659.2012.03101.x},
  event = {EuroVis 2012},
  keywords = {biopsy planning, medical visualization, visual analysis},
  location = {Vienna, Austria},
  url = {http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2012/Herghelegiu-2012-BPV/}
}






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