André Neubauer

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Endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, applied to remove various kinds of pituitary tumors. To reduce the risk associated with this treatment, the surgeon must be skilled and well-prepared. Virtual endoscopy can be beneficial as a tool for training, preoperative planning and intraoperative support. This(More)
Endoscopy has recently been introduced to endonasal transsphenoidal pituitary surgery as a minimally invasive procedure for the removal of various kinds of pituitary tumors. To reduce morbidity and mortality with this new technique, the surgeon must be well-trained and well-prepared. Virtual endoscopy can be beneficial as a tool for training, preoperative(More)
Virtual endoscopy is the navigation of a virtual camera through anatomy, computationally reconstructed from radiological data. Virtual endoscopy mimics physical minimally invasive surgical activity and is used for diagnosis (e.g., the detection of colon polyps), planning of endoscopic interventions, postoperative assessment of surgical success and training(More)
OBJECTIVE Virtual endoscopy (vE) is the navigation of a camera through a virtual anatomical space that is computationally reconstructed from radiological image data. Inside this three-dimensional space, arbitrary movements and adaptations of viewing parameters are possible. Thereby, vE can be used for noninvasive diagnostic purposes and for simulation of(More)
Virtual endoscopy is the computerized creation of images depicting the inside of patient anatomy reconstructed in a virtual reality environment. It permits interactive, noninvasive, 3-dimensional visual inspection of anatomical cavities or vessels. This can aid in diagnostics, potentially replacing an actual endoscopic procedure, and help in the preparation(More)
Virtual endoscopy has already proven its benefit for pre-operative planning of endoscopic pituitary surgery. The translation of such a system into the operating room is a logical consequence, but only a few general intra-operative image guided systems providing virtual endoscopic images have been proposed so far. A discussion of related visualization and(More)
Many applications of virtual endoscopy require the display of background objects behind the semi-transparent surface of the investigated organ. This paper deals with pre-processing and visualization of background objects for virtual endoscopy. A new first-hit ray casting technique for efficient perspective iso-surfacing of arbitrarily selected objects of(More)