|Title: Phantom validation of optical soft tissue navigation for brachytherapy|
|Written by: C. Otte and G. Hüttmann and G. Kovács and A. Schlaefer|
|in: MICCAI Workshop on Image-Guidance and Multimodal Dose Planning in Radiation Therapy 2012|
|on pages: 96-100|
Abstract: In high dose rate brachytherapy, needles are inserted into soft tissue and subsequently radioactive sources are used to deliver a high dose inside the target region. While this approach can achieve a steep dose gradient and oers a focused, organ sparing treatment, it also requires a careful positioning of the needles with respect to the tissue. We have previously proposed to use an optical ber embedded in the needle to detect soft tissue deformation. To validate the approach, we have developed an experimental setup to compare the actual needle motion with the motion estimated via the ber. Our results show a good agreement between actual and estimated motion, indicating that optical deformation detection through the needle is possible.