Experimental platform for intra-uterine needle placement procedures

Yashar Madjidi, Tamás Haidegger, Wolfgang Ptacek, Daniel Berger, Christian Kirisits, Gernot Kronreif, Gabor Fichtinger

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A framework has been investigated to enable a variety of comparative studies in the context of needle-based gynaecological brachytherapy. Our aim was to create an anthropomorphic phantom-based platform. The three main elements of the platform are the organ model, needle guide, and needle drive. These have been studied and designed to replicate the close environment of brachytherapy treatment for cervical cancer. Key features were created with the help of collaborating interventional radio-oncologists and the observations made in the operating room. A phantom box, representing the uterus model, has been developed considering available surgical analogies and operational limitations, such as organs at risk. A modular phantom-based platform has been designed and prototyped with the capability of providing various boundary conditions for the target organ. By mimicking the female pelvic floor, this framework has been used to compare a variety of needle insertion techniques and configurations for cervical and uterine interventions. The results showed that the proposed methodology is useful for the investigation of quantifiable experiments in the intra-abdominal and pelvic regions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2013: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 12 2013Feb 14 2013


OtherMedical Imaging 2013: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL


  • Cervical cancer
  • Gynaecological brachytherapy
  • Needle placement
  • Phantoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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