Computer-assisted trajectory planning for percutaneous needle insertions.

  title={Computer-assisted trajectory planning for percutaneous needle insertions.},
  author={Alexander Seitel and Markus Engel and Christof M. Sommer and Boris A. Radeleff and Caroline Essert-Villard and Claire Baegert and Markus Fangerau and Klaus H. Fritzsche and Kwong Yung and Hans-Peter Meinzer and Lena Maier-Hein},
  journal={Medical physics},
  volume={38 6},
PURPOSE Computed tomography (CT) guided minimally invasive interventions such as biopsies or ablation therapies often involve insertion of a needle-shaped instrument into the target organ (e.g., the liver). Today, these interventions still require manual planning of a suitable trajectory to the target (e.g., the tumor) based on the slice data provided by the imaging modality. However, taking into account the critical structures and other parameters crucial to the success of the intervention… CONTINUE READING


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