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Image-to-Mesh Conversion for Arteriovenous Malformation Surgical Simulators


Fotios Drakopoulos, Ricardo Ortiz, Andinet Enquobahrie and Nikos Chrisochoides.


Published in 13th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Biomechanics Modeling: Advances and Applications to Real-World Problems, July, 2015




In this paper we present our effort to build a push button Image- to-Mesh conversion software for blood vessels pertinent to Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM). AVMs are tangled bundles of abnormal vessels. Cerebral AVMs pose a threat of hemorrhage that could cause severe morbidity or death. Due to the risk and complexity of AVM surgery, neurosurgeons need to be highly trained. A realistic simulator will significantly improve the training process of allowing surgeons to have hands-on experience without jeopardizing patients health. However, interactive surgery simulation has made few inroads in neurosurgery due to many challenges. One of those challenges is insufficiently descriptive anatomic modeling (i.e., mesh generation) of the brain and particularly critical tissues such as blood vessels.




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