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Simon P Dimaio, Steve Pieper, Kiyoyuki Chinzei, Nobuhiko Hata, Stephen J. Haker, Daniel F Kacher, Gabor Fichtinger, Clare M Tempany, and Ron Kikinis. 2007. “Robot-assisted Needle Placement in Open MRI: System Architecture, Integration and Validation”. Comput Aided Surg, 12, 1, Pp. 15-24.
In prostate cancer treatment, there is a move toward targeted interventions for biopsy and therapy, which has precipitated the need for precise image-guided methods for needle placement. This paper describes an integrated system for planning and performing percutaneous procedures with robotic assistance under MRI guidance. A graphical planning interface allows the physician to specify the set of desired needle trajectories, based on anatomical structures and lesions observed in the patient’s registered pre-operative and pre-procedural MR images, immediately prior to the intervention in an open-bore MRI scanner. All image-space coordinates are automatically computed, and are used to position a needle guide by means of an MRI-compatible robotic manipulator, thus avoiding the limitations of the traditional fixed needle template. Automatic alignment of real-time intra-operative images aids visualization of the needle as it is manually inserted through the guide. Results from in-scanner phantom experiments are provided.Last updated on 02/24/2023