Needle insertion study using ultrasound-based 2D motion tracking

TitleNeedle insertion study using ultrasound-based 2D motion tracking
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDehghan, E., and S. E. Salcudean
JournalMed Image Comput Comput Assist Interv

Needle insertion simulators are in demand to train physicians for surgical procedures such as prostate brachytherapy. In order to design a needle insertion simulator, a needle-tissue interaction model is necessary. Such a model can be identified using force and displacement data measured during the insertion of the needle. In this paper, an experiment is conducted in which a needle is inserted into a two-layered PVC phantom, while the needle position and insertion forces are measured and the tissue is imaged using a trans-rectal probe in the sagittal plane. A 2D block matching algorithm is used to estimate tissue deformation from the envelope of the recorded radio-frequency signals. This algorithm can be used to estimate the rotation and displacement of the prostate during prostate brachytherapy. The block matching method was validated in an independent experiment. With the measured force, needle position and tissue displacements, a finite element simulation was conducted to identify the parameters of a needle-tissue force distribution model and Young's moduli of each part of the tissue phantom.

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