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EPSRC Reference: GR/R56822/01
Title: Vis-a-Ve: Visual Augmentation for Virtual Environments in Surgical Training
Principal Investigator: Yang, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Rueckert, Professor D Gillies, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor AW Darzi
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Department: Dept of Computing
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 June 2002 Ends: 30 September 2005 Value (£): 232,426
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Computer Graphics & Visual. Image & Vision Computing
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Endoscopy, including bronchoscopy and laparoscopy, is the most common procedure in minimal access surgery. It achieves its clinical goals with minimal inconvenience to patients, reduced patient trauma and hospitalisation, and improved diagnostic accuracy and theraputic outcome. With the maturity of minimal access surgery in recent years, there has been an increasing demand of patient specific simulation devices for both training and skill assessment. The success of existing systems has, however, been limited by a number of factors, and providing patient realistic simulation environment remains a challenge. This proposal is to address the difficulty of recreating genuine surface texture information by making use of normally acquired video and tomographic data. It aims to develop a new framework for extracting structure and texture information by combing tomographic imaging and real bronchoscope videos such that real patient data can be used for training and skill assessment. The main research objectives of the project are to develop a reliable 2D/3D registration technique that incorporates structural matching and inter-frame coherence, and construct a photorealistic texture rendering environment. By doing this we aim to offer a visually accurate training environment with a wide variety of real patient data illustrating both natural diversity and particular pathognomonic cases.
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