heARt - Heart surgery Enhanced by Augmented Reality Techniques

In medical collaboration with:
Deutsches Herzzentrum München (TUM)

Scientific Director: Gudrun Klinker

Contact Person(s): Marco Feuerstein

Start: 2003/05/01
End: 2003/12/01


Keywords: Medical Augmented Reality




Minimally invasive or totally endoscopic cardiac surgery is an operation technique in which physicians operate through small incision points at the operating region, either using endoscopic tools or master-slave robot systems. In either case, the field of view of the physician is quite limited to a small area around the operating region. To get more general overview, preoprative imaging and planning data can be used through Augmented Reality techniques.
PORT - pre-operative planning and intra-operative guidance and navigation for robotically assisted minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery:
- Design of a Planning Tool for Port Placement in Robotically Assisted Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery (MarcoFeuerstein)
- Design of an Intra-Operative Augmented Reality Navigation Tool for Robotically Assisted Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery (JoergTraub)
STENT - pre-operative planning and navigation for STENT implantations:
- Development of a Planning and Navigation Tool for Endoscopic Treatment of abdominal Aortic Aneurysms - Computer Supported Implantation of a Stent Graft (MartinGroher)
- Mathematical Methods of Image Processing for Automated Navigation in Endoscopic Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurisms - Computer Aided Implantation of a Stent Graft (PeterKeitler)
The project started in March 2003 and finished in November 2003 as a bundle of diploma theses supervised by Prof. Gudrun Klinker (Fachgebiet Augmented Reality) and Prof. R. Bauernschmitt (German Heart Center). Many of the participants are now working at the Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures by Prof. Nassir Navab.









A. Guha Roy, S. Conjeti, S. Carlier, A. Konig, A. Kastrati, P. K. Dutta, A. Laine, N. Navab, D. Sheet, A. Katouzian
Bag of forests for modelling of tissue energy interaction in optical coherence tomography for atherosclerotic plaque susceptibility assessment
Proceedings of International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI), Brooklyn, NY, USA, April 2015 (bib)


R. Bauernschmitt, M. Feuerstein, J. Traub, E.U. Schirmbeck, G. Klinker, R. Lange
Optimal port placement and enhanced guidance in robotically assisted cardiac surgery
Surgical Endoscopy, Volume 21, Number 4, April 2007 (bib)


R. Bauernschmitt, M. Feuerstein, E.U. Schirmbeck, N. Augustin, S.M. Wildhirt, R. Lange
Improvement of Endovascular Stent Grafting by Augmented Reality
Biomedizinische Technik (BMT 2005), Volume 50, Supplementary vol. 1, Part 2, pp. 1262 - 1263, Nuremberg, Germany, September 2005 (bib)


R. Bauernschmitt, M. Feuerstein, E.U. Schirmbeck, J. Traub, G. Klinker, S.M. Wildhirt, R. Lange
Improved Preoperative Planning in Robotic Heart Surgery
IEEE Proceedings of Computers in Cardiology (CinC 2004), pp. 773 - 776, Chicago, USA, September 2004 (bib)

J. Traub, M. Feuerstein, M. Bauer, E.U. Schirmbeck, H. Najafi, R. Bauernschmitt, G. Klinker
Augmented Reality for Port Placement and Navigation in Robotically Assisted Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular Surgery
Proceedings of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS 2004), pp. 735 - 740, Chicago, USA, June 2004 (bib)

R. Bauernschmitt, E.U. Schirmbeck, M. Groher, P. Keitler, M. Bauer, H. Najafi, G. Klinker, R. Lange
Navigierte Platzierung endovaskulärer Aortenstents
Z Kardiologie 2004 93 S3: 116 (bib)


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