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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 3 (2012), Issue 2, Pages 203-228
http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/2040-2295.3.2.203
Research Article

Image-Guided Abdominal Surgery and Therapy Delivery

Robert L. Galloway,1,2,3 S. Duke Herrell,1,4 and Michael I. Miga1,2,5

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, USA
2Department of Neurosurgery, Vanderbilt University, USA
3Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University, USA
4Department of Urology, Vanderbilt University, USA
5Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA

Received 1 April 2011; Accepted 1 July 2011

Copyright © 2012 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Image-Guided Surgery has become the standard of care in intracranial neurosurgery providing more exact resections while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Moving that process to abdominal organs presents additional challenges in the form of image segmentation, image to physical space registration, organ motion and deformation. In this paper, we present methodologies and results for addressing these challenges in two specific organs: the liver and the kidney.