Mapping the rectum: Spatial analysis of transanal endoscopic microsurgical outcomes using GIS technology

@article{Ganai2006MappingTR,
  title={Mapping the rectum: Spatial analysis of transanal endoscopic microsurgical outcomes using GIS technology},
  author={Sabha Ganai and Jane L. Garb M.S. and Prathima Kanumuri and R Sreenivas Rao and Albert I. Alexander and Ph.D. Richard B. Wait},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  year={2006},
  volume={10},
  pages={22-31}
}
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) is a technically challenging procedure hindered by rectal anatomic constraints. To study the relationship of lesion position with performance of TEM, a novel approach of spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was developed. A retrospective review was conducted on 144 consecutive TEMs, analyzing clinical, pathologic, and positional characteristics. Two- and three-dimensional maps of rectal topology were developed. GIS was used for… CONTINUE READING
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