Debora Gil, Antonio Esteban Lansaque, Agnes Borras, Esmitt Ramirez, & Carles Sanchez. (2020). Intraoperative Extraction of Airways Anatomy in VideoBronchoscopy. ACCESS - IEEE Access, 8, 159696–159704.
Abstract: A main bottleneck in bronchoscopic biopsy sampling is to efficiently reach the lesion navigating across bronchial levels. Any guidance system should be able to localize the scope position during the intervention with minimal costs and alteration of clinical protocols. With the final goal of an affordable image-based guidance, this work presents a novel strategy to extract and codify the anatomical structure of bronchi, as well as, the scope navigation path from videobronchoscopy. Experiments using interventional data show that our method accurately identifies the bronchial structure. Meanwhile, experiments using simulated data verify that the extracted navigation path matches the 3D route.