Augmented reality system for MR-guided interventions: Phantom studies and first animal test

Sebastian Vogt, Frank Wacker, Ali Khamene, Daniel R. Elgort, Tobias Sielhorst, Heinrich Niemann, Jeff Duerk, Jonathan Lewin, Frank Sauer

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We developed an augmented reality navigation system for MR-guided interventions. A head-mounted display provides in real-time a stereoscopic video-view of the patient, which is augmented with three-dimensional medical information to perform MR-guided needle placement procedures. Besides with the MR image information, we augment the scene with 3D graphics representing a forward extension of the needle and the needle itself. During insertion, the needle can be observed virtually at its actual location in real-time, supporting the interventional procedure in an efficient and intuitive way. In this paper we report on quantitative results of AR guided needle placement procedures on gel phantoms with embedded targets of 12mm and 6mm diameter; we furthermore evaluate our first animal experiment involving needle insertion into deep lying anatomical structures of a pig.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-109
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging 2004 - Medical Imaging: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2004Feb 17 2004


  • Animal test
  • Augmented reality
  • Head-mounted display
  • Image guidance
  • In-situ visualization
  • MR guided intervention
  • Video see-through

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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