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Ultrasound imaging in neurosurgery: approaches to minimize surgically induced image artefacts for improved resection control

Ultrasound imaging in neurosurgery: approaches to minimize surgically induced image artefacts for improved resection control

Kategori
Vitenskapelig oversiktsartikkel/review
Sammendrag
Background

Intraoperative ultrasound imaging is used in brain tumor surgery to identify tumor remnants. The ultrasound images may in some cases be more difficult to interpret in the later stages of the operation than in the beginning of the operation. The aim of this paper is to explain the causes of surgically induced ultrasound artefacts and how they can be recognized and reduced.

Methods

The theoretical reasons for artefacts are addressed and the impact of surgery is discussed. Different setups for ultrasound acquisition and different acoustic coupling fluids to fill up the resection cavity are evaluated with respect to improved image quality.

Results

The enhancement artefact caused by differences in attenuation of the resection cavity fluid and the surrounding brain is the most dominating surgically induced ultrasound artefact. The influence of the artefact may be reduced by inserting ultrasound probes with small footprint into the resection cavity for a close-up view of the areas with suspected tumor remnants. A novel acoustic coupling fluid developed for use during ultrasound imaging in brain tumor surgery has the potential to reduce surgically induced ultrasound artefacts to a minimum.

Conclusions

Surgeons should be aware of artefacts in ultrasound images that may occur during brain tumor surgery. Techniques to identify and reduce image artefacts are useful and should be known to users of ultrasound in brain tumor surgery.
Språk
Engelsk
Forfatter(e)
Institusjon(er)
  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • St. Olavs Hospital HF
  • SINTEF Digital / Helse
  • SINTEF Digital / Connectivity Technologies and Platforms
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Publisert i
Acta Neurochirurgica
ISSN
0001-6268
Forlag
Springer
Årgang
155
Hefte nr.
6
Side(r)
973 - 980