Patient-Specific Simulations for Surgical Planning and Intervention

Ron Kikinis and Simon K. Warfield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Director, Computational Radiology Laboratory at Children's Hospital and

Brigham and Women's Hospital


Imaging plays a key role in preoperative planning for surgery. Intraoperative image guidance, utilizing multiple modalities, provides critical information for targeting, navigation and visualization. Advances in image acquisition and computational modeling now enable patient-specific simulation of biomechanical and electromagnetic properties. We will present recent work in developing and evaluating patient-specific biomechanical simulations of soft-tissue deformation to improve guidance during neurosurgery and prostate brachytherapy and biopsy. We will also discuss recent advances that enable realistic patient specific electromagnetic simulations, with application to planning for epilepsy surgery.