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The state-of-the-art in ultrasound-guided spine interventions

Houssem-Eddine Gueziri, Carlo Santaguida, D Louis Collins
Medical Image Analysis 2020 June 26, 65: 101769
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During the last two decades, intra-operative ultrasound (iUS) imaging has been employed for various surgical procedures of the spine, including spinal fusion and needle injections. Accurate and efficient registration of pre-operative computed tomography or magnetic resonance images with iUS images are key elements in the success of iUS-based spine navigation. While widely investigated in research, iUS-based spine navigation has not yet been established in the clinic. This is due to several factors including the lack of a standard methodology for the assessment of accuracy, robustness, reliability, and usability of the registration method. To address these issues, we present a systematic review of the state-of-the-art techniques for iUS-guided registration in spinal image-guided surgery (IGS). The review follows a new taxonomy based on the four steps involved in the surgical workflow that include pre-processing, registration initialization, estimation of the required patient to image transformation, and a visualization process. We provide a detailed analysis of the measurements in terms of accuracy, robustness, reliability, and usability that need to be met during the evaluation of a spinal IGS framework. Although this review is focused on spinal navigation, we expect similar evaluation criteria to be relevant for other IGS applications.

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