Automated 3D Freehand Ultrasound Calibration with Real-Time Accuracy Control

  • Thomas Kuiran Chen
  • Purang Abolmaesumi
  • Adrian D. Thurston
  • Randy E. Ellis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4190)


3D ultrasound (US) is an emerging new imaging technology that appeals to more and more applications in intraoperative guidance of computer-assisted surgery. In a freehand US imaging system, US probe calibration is typically required to construct a 3D image of the patient’s anatomy from a set of 2D US images. Most of the current calibration techniques concern primarily with the precision and accuracy. However, for computer-assisted surgeries that may require a calibration task inside the operating room (OR), many other important aspects have to be considered besides accuracy. In this paper, we propose a novel system for automated calibration that is optimized for the OR usage with real-time feedback and control of the calibration accuracy. We have also designed a novel N-wire phantom, with greatly reduced complexity to facilitate mass production without compromising the accuracy and robustness.


Input Image Automate Segmentation Target Registration Error Calibration Accuracy Probe Calibration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Kuiran Chen
    • 1
  • Purang Abolmaesumi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Adrian D. Thurston
    • 1
  • Randy E. Ellis
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.School of ComputingQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  3. 3.Dept. of RadiologyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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