Robotic strain imaging for monitoring thermal ablation of liver

Emad M. Boctor, Gabor Fichtinger, Ambert Yeung, Michael Awad, Russell H. Taylor, Michael A. Choti

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This report describes our initial in vitro results with robotically-assisted strain imaging for intraoperative monitoring of hepatic tumor thermal ablation. First, we demonstrate a strong correlation between thermal ablation of liver tissue and changes in elastic properties. Second, we present an experimental environment to provide controlled robotically-assisted compression of liver tissue with concurrent ultrasonic reading. Third, we present B-mode strain images of thermally treated liver samples, where the strain images corresponded to the boundaries of histologically confirmed necrosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - 2004
EventMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2004 - 7th International Conference, Proceedings - Saint-Malo, France
Duration: Sep 26 2004Sep 29 2004


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