[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: The authors compared the accuracy of laser surface scanning patient registration using the commercially available Fazer (Medtronic, Inc.) with the conventional registration procedure based on fiducial markers (FMs) in computer-assisted surgery. Four anatomical head specimens were prepared with 10 titanium microscrews placed at defined locations and scanned with a 16-slice spiral computed tomography unit. To compare the two registration methods, each method was applied five times for each cadaveric specimen; thus data were obtained from 40 registrations. Five microscrews (selected following a randomization protocol) were used for each FM-based registration; the other five FMs were selected for coordinate measurements by touching with a point measurement stylus. Coordinates of these points were also measured manually on the screen of the navigation computer. Coordinates were measured in the same manner after laser surface registration. The root mean square error as calculated by the navigation system ranged from 1.3 to 3.2 mm (mean 1.8 mm) with the Fazer and from 0.3 to 1.8 mm (mean 1.0 mm) with FM-based registration. The overall mean deviations (the arithmetic mean of the mean deviations of measurements on the four specimens) were 3.0 mm (standard deviation [SD] range 1.4-2.6 mm) with the Fazer and 1.4 mm (SD range 0.4-0.9 mm) with the FMs. The Fazer registration scans 300 surface points. Statistical tests showed the difference in the accuracy of these methods to be highly significant. In accordance with the findings of other groups, the authors concluded that the inclusion of a larger number of registration points might improve the accuracy of Fazer registration.
Full-text available · Article · May 2007 · Journal of Neurosurgery
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: This study aims at a comparative evaluation of two recently introduced electromagnetic tracking systems under reproducible simulated operating-room (OR) conditions: the recently launched Medtronic StealthStation, Treon-EM and the NDI Aurora. We investigate if and to what extent these systems provide improved performance and stability in the presence of surgical instruments as possible sources of distortions compared with earlier reports on electromagnetic tracking technology. To investigate possible distortions under pseudo-realistic OR conditions, a large Langenbeck hook, a dental drill with its handle and an ultrasonic (US) scanhead are fixed on a special measurement rack at variable distances from the navigation sensor. The position measurements made by the Treon-EM were least affected by the presence of the instruments. The lengths of the mean deviation vectors were 0.21 mm for the Langenbeck hook, 0.23 mm for the drill with handle and 0.56 mm for the US scanhead. The Aurora was influenced by the three sources of distortion to a higher degree. A mean deviation vector of 1.44 mm length was observed in the vicinity of the Langenbeck hook, 0.53 mm length with the drill and 2.37 mm due to the US scanhead. The maximum of the root mean squared error (RMSE) for all coordinates in the presence of the Langenbeck hook was 0.3 mm for the Treon and 2.1 mm for the Aurora; the drill caused a maximum RMSE of 0.2 mm with the Treon and 1.2 mm with the Aurora. In the presence of the US scanhead, the maximum RMSE was 1.4 mm for the Treon and 5.1 mm for the Aurora. The new generation of electromagnetic tracking systems has significantly improved compared to common systems that were available in the middle of the 1990s and has reached a high level of technical development. We conclude that, in general, both systems are suitable for routine clinical application.
Full-text available · Article · Jun 2005 · Physics in Medicine and Biology