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Optimized viewing angles for cardiac electrophysiology ablation procedures

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Author(s): Koch M, Hoffmann M, Pfister M, Hornegger J, Strobel N
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2014
Volume: tbd
Journal issue: 0
Pages range: 1-14
ISSN: 1861-6429


Purpose Catheter ablation is a common treatment option for atrial fibrillation (AF). Interventional C-arm X-ray systems are used for guiding AF procedures, employing standard view positions. Since the projection angles are not adapted to the individual patient anatomy, standard projections do not necessarily offer the best views of important anatomical structures. Using a pre-procedural 3D data set acquired with MRI or CT, suitable ablation sites (lines) can be identified in advance so an ablation plan can be superimposed on fluoroscopic images to guide the procedure. Methods A method was developed to estimate optimized projection views for biplane X-ray C-arm systems based on planning data for AF ablation procedures. The estimated viewing angles were compared to standard angulations using an objective quality metric, the length of the planned ablation line as seen under X-ray. This method was tested using 35 clinical datasets annotated with planned ablation lines for ipsilateral pulmonary vein isolation. Results The optimized views computed using the new method yielded 28 % less foreshortening of pre-planned ablation lines on average. In one case, anatomy-based view calculation lead to a 69 % reduction in foreshortening. Conclusion The commonly used standard views provide reasonable a priori choices, and some improvement is possible by switching among common angulations depending on the treatment region. Further gains are possible by using anatomy-optimized biplane C-arm angulations. © 2014 CARS.

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APA: Koch, M., Hoffmann, M., Pfister, M., Hornegger, J., & Strobel, N. (2014). Optimized viewing angles for cardiac electrophysiology ablation procedures. International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery, tbd(0), 1-14.

MLA: Koch, Martin, et al. "Optimized viewing angles for cardiac electrophysiology ablation procedures." International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery tbd.0 (2014): 1-14.

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