Clinical experience with a high precision image-guided neurosurgery system

  • E. Grimson
  • M. Leventon
  • G. Ettinger
  • A. Chabrerie
  • F. Ozlen
  • S. Nakajima
  • H. Atsumi
  • R. Kikinis
  • P. Black
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1496)


We describe an image-guided neurosurgery system which we have successfully used on 70 cases in the operating room. The system is designed to achieve high positional accuracy with a simple and efficient interface that interferes little with the operating room’s usual procedures, but is general enough to use on a wide range of cases. It uses data from a laser scanner or a trackable probe to register segmented MR imagery to the patient’s position in the operating room, and an optical tracking system to track head motion and localize medical instruments. Output visualizations for the surgeon consist of an “enhanced reality display,” showing location of hidden internal structures, and an instrument tracking display, showing the location of instruments in the context of the MR imagery. Initial assessment of the system in the operating room indicates a high degree of robustness and accuracy.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Verification Tool Optical Tracking System Laser Data Trackable Probe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Grimson
    • 1
  • M. Leventon
    • 1
  • G. Ettinger
    • 4
  • A. Chabrerie
    • 2
  • F. Ozlen
    • 3
  • S. Nakajima
    • 2
  • H. Atsumi
    • 3
  • R. Kikinis
    • 2
  • P. Black
    • 3
  1. 1.MIT AI LaboratoryCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolRadiology, Brigham & Womens HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolNeurosurgery, Brigham & Womens HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.AlphatechBurlingtonUSA

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