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Real-Time Dynamic Data Driven Deformable Registration for Image- Guided Neurosurgery: Computational Aspects


Nikos Chrisochoides, Andrey Fedorov, Yixun Liu, Andriy Kot, Panagiotis Foteinos, Fotios Drakopoulos, Christos Tsolakis, Emmanuel Billias, Olivier Clatz, Nicholas Ayache, Alexandra Golby, Peter Black and Ron Kikinis.


Invited in Frontiers in Digital Health, 2023




Current neurosurgical procedures utilize medical images of various modalities to enable the precise location of tumors and critical brain structures to plan accurate brain tumor resection. The difficulty of using preoperative images during the surgery is caused by the intra-operative deformation of the brain tissue (brain shift), which introduces discrepancies concerning the preoperative configuration. Intra-operative imaging allows tracking such deformations but cannot fully substitute for the quality of the pre-operative data. Dynamic Data Driven Deformable Non-Rigid Registration (D4NRR) is a complex and time-consuming image processing operation that allows the dynamic adjustment of the pre-operative image data to account for intra-operative brain shift during the surgery. This paper summarizes the computational aspects of a specific adaptive numerical approximation method and its variations for registering brain MRIs. It outlines its evolution over the last 15 years and identifies new directions for the computational aspects of the technique.




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