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A deep learning framework for segmentation and pose estimation of pedicle screw implants based on C-arm fluoroscopy

A deep learning framework for segmentation and pose estimation of pedicle screw implants based on... Purpose Pedicle screw fixation is a challenging procedure with a concerning rates of reoperation. After insertion of the screws is completed, the most common intraoperative verification approach is to acquire anterior–posterior and lateral radiographic images, based on which the surgeons try to visually assess the correctness of insertion. Given the limited accuracy of the existing verification techniques, we identified the need for an accurate and automated pedicle screw assessment system that can verify the screw insertion intraoperatively. For doing so, this paper offers a framework for automatic segmentation and pose estimation of pedicle screws based on deep learning principles. Methods Segmentation of pedicle screw X-ray projections was performed by a convolutional neural network. The network could isolate the input X-rays into three classes: screw head, screw shaft and background. Once all the screw shafts were segmented, knowledge about the spatial configuration of the acquired biplanar X-rays was used to identify the correspondence between the projections. Pose estimation was then performed to estimate the 6 degree-of-freedom pose of each screw. The performance of the proposed pose estimation method was tested on a porcine specimen. Results The developed machine learning framework was capable of segmenting the screw shafts with 93% and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery Springer Journals

A deep learning framework for segmentation and pose estimation of pedicle screw implants based on C-arm fluoroscopy

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by CARS
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Imaging / Radiology; Surgery; Health Informatics; Computer Imaging, Vision, Pattern Recognition and Graphics; Computer Science, general
ISSN
1861-6410
eISSN
1861-6429
DOI
10.1007/s11548-018-1776-9
pmid
29808466
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Abstract

Purpose Pedicle screw fixation is a challenging procedure with a concerning rates of reoperation. After insertion of the screws is completed, the most common intraoperative verification approach is to acquire anterior–posterior and lateral radiographic images, based on which the surgeons try to visually assess the correctness of insertion. Given the limited accuracy of the existing verification techniques, we identified the need for an accurate and automated pedicle screw assessment system that can verify the screw insertion intraoperatively. For doing so, this paper offers a framework for automatic segmentation and pose estimation of pedicle screws based on deep learning principles. Methods Segmentation of pedicle screw X-ray projections was performed by a convolutional neural network. The network could isolate the input X-rays into three classes: screw head, screw shaft and background. Once all the screw shafts were segmented, knowledge about the spatial configuration of the acquired biplanar X-rays was used to identify the correspondence between the projections. Pose estimation was then performed to estimate the 6 degree-of-freedom pose of each screw. The performance of the proposed pose estimation method was tested on a porcine specimen. Results The developed machine learning framework was capable of segmenting the screw shafts with 93% and

Journal

International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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