A Non-disruptive Technology for Robust 3D Tool Tracking for Ultrasound-Guided Interventions

  • Jay Mung
  • Francois Vignon
  • Ameet Jain
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6891)


In the past decade ultrasound (US) has become the preferred modality for a number of interventional procedures, offering excellent soft tissue visualization. The main limitation however is limited visualization of surgical tools. A new method is proposed for robust 3D tracking and US image enhancement of surgical tools under US guidance. Small US sensors are mounted on existing surgical tools. As the imager emits acoustic energy, the electrical signal from the sensor is analyzed to reconstruct its 3D coordinates. These coordinates can then be used for 3D surgical navigation, similar to current day tracking systems. A system with real-time 3D tool tracking and image enhancement was implemented on a commercial ultrasound scanner and 3D probe. Extensive water tank experiments with a tracked 0.2mm sensor show robust performance in a wide range of imaging conditions and tool position/orientations. The 3D tracking accuracy was 0.36 ± 0.16mm throughout the imaging volume of 55° ×27° ×150mm. Additionally, the tool was successfully tracked inside a beating heart phantom. This paper proposes an image enhancement and tool tracking technology with sub-mm accuracy for US-guided interventions. The technology is non-disruptive, both in terms of existing clinical workflow and commercial considerations, showing promise for large scale clinical impact.


Ultrasound Tool Tracking Interventions Navigation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay Mung
    • 1
  • Francois Vignon
    • 2
  • Ameet Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA
  2. 2.Philips Research North AmericaUSA

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