Interactive image-guided neurosurgery

IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 1992 Dec;39(12):1226-31. doi: 10.1109/10.184698.


Interactive image-guided (IIG) surgery involves the synchronal display of the tip of a surgical device on preoperative scans. This display allows the surgeon to locate the present surgical position relative to the final site of surgical interest. We have developed a technique for IIG surgery device based on a six-degree-of-freedom articulated arm. Design accuracy for the arm is less than 0.1 mm and the present implementation has a submillimetric accuracy. The display can show the surgical position on any tomographic image set with simultaneous display on up to three image sets. Laboratory results and clinical applications are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Brain / surgery
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Models, Structural
  • Neurosurgery / instrumentation
  • Neurosurgery / methods*
  • Radiography, Interventional / instrumentation
  • Radiography, Interventional / methods
  • Stereotaxic Techniques / instrumentation
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / instrumentation
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods