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Int J Med Robot. 2009 Jun;5(2):147-57. doi: 10.1002/rcs.241.

From medical image computing to computer-aided intervention: development of a research interface for image-guided navigation.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8043, USA. xenophon.papademetris@yale.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This paper describes the development and application of a research interface to integrate research image analysis software with a commercial image-guided surgery navigation system. This interface enables bi-directional transfer of data such as images, visualizations and tool positions in real time.

METHODS:

We describe both the design and the application programming interface of the research interface, as well as showing the function of an example client program. The resulting interface provides a practical and versatile link for bringing image analysis research techniques into the operating room (OR).

RESULTS:

We present examples from the successful use of this research interface in both phantom experiments and real neurosurgeries. In particular, we demonstrate that the integrated dual-computer system achieves tool-tracking performance that is comparable to the more typical single-computer scenario.

CONCLUSIONS:

Network interfaces for this type are viable solutions for the integration of commercial image-guided navigation systems and research software.

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19301361
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PMCID:
PMC2796181
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