Stereotactic surgery with image processing of computerized tomographic scans

R. D. Penn, W. W. Whisler, C. A. Smith, W. A. Yasnoff

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The three-dimensional information from computerized tomographic scans has been transformed by image processing for use in stereotactic surgery. A lateral image of the target and calvarium can be superimposed on the lateral x-ray film taken at operation. Computer processing also eliminates extraneous data on the scan and gives the precise distance of the target from the midline. Testing the technique on a phantom shows it to be accurate to better than 0.5 cm. Application of the method for the stereotactic biopsy of a deep tumor is illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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