An ultrasound-guided organ biopsy simulation with 6DOF haptic feedback

Dong Ni, Wing Yin Chan, Jing Qin, Yingge Qu, Yim Pan Chui, Simon S.M. Ho, Pheng Ann Heng

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Ultrasound-guided biopsy is one of the most fundamental, but difficult, skills to acquire in interventional radiology. Intensive training, especially in the needle insertion, is required for trainee radiologists to perform safe procedures. In this paper, we propose a virtual reality simulation system to facilitate the training of radiologists and physicians in this procedures. Key issues addressed include a 3D anatomical model reconstruction, data fusion of multiple ultrasound volumes and computed tomography (CT), realistic rendering, interactive navigation, and haptic feedbacks in six degrees of freedom (DOF). Simulated ultrasound imagery based on real ultrasound data is presented to users, in real-time, while performing an examination on the needle placement into a virtual anatomical model. Our system delivers a realistic haptic feeling for trainees throughout the simulated needle insertion procedure, permitting repeated practices with no danger to patients.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2008 - 11th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages9
EditionPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2008 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: 6 Sep 200810 Sep 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume5242 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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