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Image Registration Assists Novice Operators in Ultrasound Assessment of Abdominal Trauma

Institution:
1Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), Boston, MA, USA.
2Laboratory of Mathematics in Imaging, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
3Surgical Planning Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Publisher:
Stud Health Technol Inform
Publication Date:
Jan-2008
Volume Number:
132
Pages:
532-7
Citation:
Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008 Jan;132:532-7.
PubMed ID:
18391363
Appears in Collections:
CIGL, NCIGT
Generated Citation:
Vosburgh K.G., Stoll J., Noble V., Pohl K.M., San Jose Estepar R., Takacs B. Image Registration Assists Novice Operators in Ultrasound Assessment of Abdominal Trauma. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008 Jan;132:532-7. PMID: 18391363.
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Transcutaneous ultrasound imaging may be used to detect abdominal hemorrhage in the field setting. The Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) examination was developed to characterize blunt abdominal trauma and has been shown to be effective for assessing penetrating trauma as well. However, it is unlikely that a minimally trained operator could perform a diagnostic examination. In our system, the operator is be supported by real-time 3D volume displays. The operator will be directed through the examination by prompts from a computer system or outside expert, potentially with knowledge of the anatomy of the injured patient. The key elements of the tele-operated FAST exam capability have been demonstrated; the exam is performed with real-time guidance from anatomic images registered to the body. It appears likely that Image Registration will assist hemorrhage detection at the point of injury or in the initial evaluation by a trauma response team.