MRI-based needle tip tracking for prostate interventions
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. Prostate interventions using magnetic resonance images (MRI) benefits from the high tissue contrast provided by the MRI. Robotic systems can be used to steer the biopsy needle and improve the targeting accuracy in MRI-guided prostate biopsy. However, needle steering requires a needle tip tracking system. MRI-guided needle steering using real time tip tracking is still an open research problem.
Project: In this project, we want to develop an algorithm to track needle tip in real time. Currently, our system is able to receive real time MR images, but a needle tip tracking is still not realized. The needle tip tracking should be included in our MRI-compatible robot for prostate interventions