Biopsy Planner - Visual Analysis for Needle Pathway Planning in Deep Seated Brain Tumor Biopsy

Paul Herghelegiu, Vasile Manta, Radu Perin, Stefan Bruckner, Meister Eduard Gröller
Biopsy Planner - Visual Analysis for Needle Pathway Planning in Deep Seated Brain Tumor Biopsy
Computer Graphics Forum, 31(3):1085-1094, June 2012. [ Paper]
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Biopsies involve taking samples from living tissue using a biopsy needle. In current clinical practice they are a first mandatory step before any further medical actions are planned. Performing a biopsy on a deep seated brain tumor requires considerable time for establishing and validating the desired biopsy needle pathway to avoid damage. In this paper, we present a system for the visualization, analysis, and validation of biopsy needle pathways. Our system uses a multi-level approach for identifying stable needle placements which minimize the risk of hitting blood vessels. This is one of the major dangers in this type of intervention. Our approach helps in identifying and visualizing the point on the pathway that is closest to a surrounding blood vessel, requiring a closer inspection by the neurosurgeon. An evaluation by medical experts is performed to demonstrate the utility of our system.

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@article{Herghelegiu-2012-BPV,
  title =      "Biopsy Planner - Visual Analysis for Needle Pathway Planning
               in Deep Seated Brain Tumor Biopsy",
  author =     "Paul Herghelegiu and Vasile Manta and Radu Perin and Stefan
               Bruckner and Meister Eduard Gr{\"o}ller",
  year =       "2012",
  abstract =   "Biopsies involve taking samples from living tissue using a
               biopsy needle. In current clinical practice they are a first
               mandatory step before any further medical actions are
               planned. Performing a biopsy on a deep seated brain tumor
               requires considerable time for establishing and validating
               the desired biopsy needle pathway to avoid damage. In this
               paper, we present a system for the visualization, analysis,
               and validation of biopsy needle pathways. Our system uses a
               multi-level approach for identifying stable needle
               placements which minimize the risk of hitting blood vessels.
               This is one of the major dangers in this type of
               intervention. Our approach helps in identifying and
               visualizing the point on the pathway that is closest to a
               surrounding blood vessel, requiring a closer inspection by
               the neurosurgeon. An evaluation by medical experts is
               performed to demonstrate the utility of our system.",
  pages =      "1085--1094",
  month =      jun,
  number =     "3",
  note =       "presented at EuroVis 2012",
  event =      "EuroVis 2012",
  journal =    "Computer Graphics Forum",
  volume =     "31",
  location =   "Vienna, Austria",
  keywords =   "biopsy planning, medical visualization, visual analysis",
  URL =        "http://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2012/Herghelegiu-2012-BPV/",
}