Prototype of an online navigation system for laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors

P. Hildebrand*, M. Kleemann, S. Schlichting, A. Besirevic, U. Roblick, C. Bürk, H. P. Bruch

*Corresponding author for this work


Background: Laparoscopic Radiofrequency-ablation (RFA) is an effective method for tumor destruction in patients with unresectable liver tumors. However, accurate placement of the RFA-needle using laparoscopic ultrasound guidance is the prerequisite for complete tumor ablation. After development and evaluation of laparoscopic navigation tools for radiofrequency ablation, we are now presenting a prototype of a navigation- and documentation-system for laparoscopic RFA. Material and Methods: An image-guided surgery system for laparoscopic liver treatments based on a 3D-navigation scene was developed. A laparoscopic ultrasound probe and a RFA needle could be navigated using an electromagnetic tracking system. The system was studied using a perfused tumour-mimic-model of a porcine liver. Results: The study showed that laparoscopic ultrasound-guided navigation is technically feasible. The system enables the surgeon to intraoperatively update the three-dimensional planning data in case of new findings. The RFA needle could be placed accurately in a targeted tumour with a targeting error ranging from 5 - 7 mm, even out of the ultrasound plane. In case of multiple tumours lying in close spatial relationship, the documentation module helps to keep track of the already ablated tumours and those that still need to be treated. Discussion: Laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation requires advanced laparoscopic ultrasound skills for accurate placement of the RFA probe. The system adds benefit to laparoscopic RFA enabling the surgeon to place the needle accurately inside the targeted tumours using the navigation scene. The possibility to update the three-dimensional model with new intraoperative findings enables the surgeon to adapt to a new intraoperative situation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, September 7 - 12, 2009, Munich, Germany
EditorsOlaf Dössel, Wolfgang C. Schlegel
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-03905-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-03906-5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventWorld Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering: Diagnostic Imaging - Munich , Germany
Duration: 07.09.200912.09.2009
Conference number: 81644

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)


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