Immediate ultrasound calibration with three poses and minimal image processing

Anand Viswanathan, Emad M. Boctor, Russell H. Taylor, Gregory Hager, Gabor Fichtinger

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This paper introduces a novel method for ultrasound (US) probe calibration based on closed-form formulation and using minimal US imaging allowing for an immediate result. Prior to calibration, a position sensor is used to track each image in 3D space while the US image is used to determine target location within the image. The calibration procedure uses these two pieces of information to determine the transformation (translation, rotation, and scaling) of the scan plane with respect to the position sensor. We utilize a closed form solution from two motions of the US probe relying on optical digitization with a calibrated pointer to replace with a great extent the traditional segmentation of points/planes in US images. The tracked pointer appeared to introduce significantly less error than the resolution of the US image caused in earlier approaches. Our method also uses significantly fewer US images and requires only minimal image segmentation, or none with a special probe attachment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-454
Number of pages9
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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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