Tomographic reflection to merge ultrasound images with direct vision

George D. Sterten, Vikram S. Chib, Robert J. Tamburo

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Tomographic reflection is a method that may be used to merge the visual outer surface of a patient with a simultaneous ultrasound scan of the patient's interior. The technique combines a flat-panel monitor with a half-silvered mirror such that the image on the monitor is reflected precisely at the proper location within the patient. In this way, the ultrasound image is superimposed in real time on the view of the patient along with the operator's hands and any invasive tools in the field of view. Instead of looking away at an ultrasound monitor, the operator can manipulate needles and scalpels with direct hand-eye coordination. Invasive tools are visible up to where they enter the skin, permitting natural visual extrapolation to targets in the ultrasound slice. Tomographic reflection is independent of viewer location, requires no special apparatus to be worn by the operator, nor any registration of the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 29th Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop
Subtitle of host publication"Imagery in the New Millennium", AIPR 2000
EditorsJames V. Aanstoos
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0769509789
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop, AIPR 2000 - Washington, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2000Oct 18 2000

Publication series

NameProceedings - Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop
ISSN (Print)2164-2516


Other29th Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop, AIPR 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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