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Two-step trajectory visualization for robot-assisted spine radiofrequency ablations

: Merten, Nico; Adler, Simon; Hanses, Magnus; Saalfeld, Sylvia; Becker, Mathias; Preim, Bernhard


Maier, A.:
Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin 2018 : Algorithmen - Systeme - Anwendungen : Proceedings des Workshops vom 11. bis 13. März 2018 in Erlangen
Berlin: Springer, 2018 (Informatik aktuell)
ISBN: 978-3-662-56537-7 (online)
ISBN: 978-3-662-56536-0
Workshop Bildverarbeitung für die Medizin (BVM) <2018, Erlangen>
Fraunhofer IFF ()

Radiofrequency Ablations (RFAs) can be employed for the treatment of spine metastases. Instruments are therefor inserted through the vertebra’s pedicle into cancerous tissue within the vertebral body. This requires high precision during interventions. We present a two-step method to increase risk awareness during intervention planning and execution of manual and robot-assisted spine RFAs. Three medical experts evaluated our method and stated that it yields two advantages: First, improved visualizations for manual interventions and second, increased safety in hand-guided, robot-assisted setups.