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Towards computer assisted cardiac catheterization

How 3D visualization supports it
: Drechsler, Klaus; Oyarzun Laura, Cristina; Sakas, Georgios

Ranchordas, A.-K. ; Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication -INSTICC-, Setubal:
First International Conference on Computer Imaging Theory and Applications 2009. Proceedings : Lisboa, Portugal, February 05 - 08, 2009
Setúbal: INSTICC Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-989-8111-68-5
International Conference on Computer Imaging Theory and Applications (IMAGAPP) <1, 2009, Lisboa>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
cardiology; 3D visualization; vessel segmentation; registration

Although cardiac catheterization procedures take place under x-ray guidance, the doctor is almost blind. Vessels are almost invisible until he injects a contrast agent and looking only at 2D x-ray images and reconstructing a 3D image in his head makes it error prone and tedious. Only experienced doctors are able to accomplish this procedure with the expected results. This paper describes our preliminary work and work in progress to support doctors during cardiac catheterizations using 3D visualization.