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Improving Accuracy for Image Fusion in Abdominal Ultrasonography

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Author(s): Caroline Ewertsen | Kristoffer L. Hansen | Birthe M. Henriksen | Michael B. Nielsen

Journal: Diagnostics
ISSN 2075-4418

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 34;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: ultrasound | image-fusion | CT | accuracy

ABSTRACT
Image fusion involving real-time ultrasound (US) is a technique where previously recorded computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance images (MRI) are reformatted in a projection to fit the real-time US images after an initial co-registration. The co-registration aligns the images by means of common planes or points. We evaluated the accuracy of the alignment when varying parameters as patient position, respiratory phase and distance from the co-registration points/planes. We performed a total of 80 co-registrations and obtained the highest accuracy when the respiratory phase for the co-registration procedure was the same as when the CT or MRI was obtained. Furthermore, choosing co-registration points/planes close to the area of interest also improved the accuracy. With all settings optimized a mean error of 3.2 mm was obtained. We conclude that image fusion involving real-time US is an accurate method for abdominal examinations and that the accuracy is influenced by various adjustable factors that should be kept in mind.
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