3D pose estimation of femur fracture segments for vision guided robotic orthopaedic surgery
by Pavan Gamage, Shane Xie, Patrice Delmas, Peter Xu
International Journal of Biomechatronics and Biomedical Robotics (IJBBR), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009

Abstract: The widespread adoption of minimally invasive surgical techniques has driven the need for three dimensional (3D) intra-operative image guidance. Hence the pose estimation (position and orientation) performed through the registration of pre-operatively prepared 3D anatomical data to intra-operative two dimensional (2D) fluoroscopic images is one of the main research areas of image guided orthopaedic surgery. This paper proposes a non-invasive anatomy-based method for intra-operative pose estimation. The registration is performed solely utilising bony anatomical features extracted from bi-planar fluoroscopic images (frontal and lateral) without invasive external fiducial markers. The novelty of the proposed methodology is involved in the anatomical features utilised, which are unproblematic and robust to extract and facilitate near real-time pose estimation. The results section highlights the implementation of the proposed methodology into a vision guided robotic fracture reduction phantom study.

Online publication date: Thu, 03-Dec-2009

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