Development of an integrated needle insertion system with image guidance and deformation simulation

Yo Kobayashi, Akinori Onishi, Hiroki Watanabe, Takeharu Hoshi, Kazuya Kawamura, Makoto Hashizume, Masakatsu G. Fujie

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Objective: The purpose of our work was to develop an integrated system with image guidance and deformation simulation for the purpose of accurate needle insertion. Methods: We designed an ultrasound-guided needle insertion manipulator and physical model to simulate liver deformation. We carried out an in vivo experiment using a porcine liver to verify the effectiveness of our manipulator and model. Results: The results of the in vivo experiment showed that the needle insertion manipulator accurately positions the needle tip into the target. The experimental results also showed that the liver model accurately reproduces the nonlinear increase of force upon the needle during insertion. Discussion: Based on these results, it is suggested that the needle insertion manipulator and the physical liver model developed and validated in this work are effective for accurate needle insertion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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