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Abstract #5101

A Method for Planning Interventions in the Brain with Straight Access Paths

Nikhil Navkar1, Zhigang Deng1, Jason Stafford2, Jeffrey Weinberg3, Nikolaos V. Tsekos1

1Computer Science, University fo Houston, Houston, TX, United States; 2Imaging Physics, MD Anderson, United States; 3Neurosurgery, MD Anderson, United States

The aim of the work is to designed visualization techniques for preoperative planning of neurosurgical interventional procedures using straight tabular tool. The visualization techniques include calculation of access maps on the surface of patient head, which help the neurosurgeon in selecting the optimum point for insertion. The preliminary results show that it is possible to plan the trajectory of the interventional tool to hit a target in such a way that it minimizes the trauma to vital structures inside the brain.