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Analysis and Visualization of Nerve Vessel Contacts for Neurovascular Decompression

  • Jochen Süßmuth
  • Alexander Piazza
  • Frank Enders
  • Ramin Naraghi
  • Günther Greiner
  • Peter Hastreiter
Conference paper
Part of the Informatik aktuell book series (INFORMAT)

Abstract

Neurovascular compression syndromes are caused by a pathological contact between cranial nerves and vascular structures at the surface of the brainstem. Aiming at improved pre-operative analysis of the target structures, we propose calculating distance fields to provide quantitative information of the important nerve-vessel contacts. Furthermore, we suggest reconstructing polygonal models for the nerves and vessels. Color-coding with the respective distance information is used for enhanced visualization. Overall, our new strategy contributes to a significantly improved clinical understanding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jochen Süßmuth
    • 1
  • Alexander Piazza
    • 1
  • Frank Enders
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ramin Naraghi
    • 2
  • Günther Greiner
    • 1
  • Peter Hastreiter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Graphics GroupUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of Neurosurgery, NeurocenterUniversity of Erlangen-NurembergGermany

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